Abbey Gardens beacon begins Jubilee celebrations

Communities in West Suffolk will be joining with others nationwide at 9.45pm on June 2 to light beacons to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Together with all the other organisations in the region that are lighting beacons across the district one will be lit in the Abbey Gardens, in Bury St Edmunds, and residents are invited to come and share the moment.

Across the nation and the Commonwealth town criers, pipers, buglers, and choirs will lift their voices, play and sing prior to the lighting of over 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

Mike Chester, the chair of West Suffolk Council said: “This is marking a moment in history, as people in 72 nations come together in their own communities and in the wider Commonwealth, to celebrate an unprecedented life. The beacon in the Abbey Gardens is just one of many here in West Suffolk, as our communities make the moment their own, in their villages and town. All are welcome to celebrate this memorable occasion.”

The timetable of events on June 2 include:

9.15pm  Abbey Gardens gates in Eastgate Street open, (opposite The Fox Inn);

9.30pm  Stephen Jones, Pipe Major Glenmoriston Pipe Band, to perform Diu Regnare music written by Pipe Major Stuart Liddell;

9.40pm  Bugler, Chris Beard from Royal Air Force Honington Voluntary Band, appearing by kind permission of Group Captain Piers Holland, Station Commander at RAF Honington, will perform “Majesty” to fanfare the lighting of the beacon;

9.45pm  Chair of West Suffolk Council Mike Chester will lead the countdown to lighting the eacon;

9.45pm  Beacon to be lit whil the Voice Squad, directed by Birgitta Kenyon, will sing a song for the commonwealth: “A Life Lived with Grace” composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia, and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu, from Nigeria.

The event ends at 10pm.

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