A network of flaming tributes to the Queen will stretch throughout the country on Thursday, here are the ones on your doorstep in Oxfordshire.
Beacons marking the Platinum Jubilee will be lit at 9.45 pm sites including the Tower of London, Windsor Great Park, Hillsborough Castle and the Queen’s estates of Sandringham and Balmoral, along with the tops of the UK’s four highest peaks.
The first beacons will be lit in Tonga and Samoa in the South Pacific, and the final one in the central American country of Belize.
The principal beacon outside the Palace – a 21-metre-tall Tree of Trees sculpture for the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative – will be illuminated by a senior member of the royal family, and images will be projected on to the Palace.
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The history of jubilee beacons
Over the next 70 days, as we countdown to the #PlatinumJubilee Central Weekend, we’ll be sharing an image a day of The Queen – each representing a year of Her Majesty’s 70-year long reign.
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Lighting beacons to celebrate Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations is a long-held tradition.
The flaming displays might appear on top of mountains, church and cathedral towers, castle battlements, on town and village greens, country estates, parks and farms, along beaches and on cliff tops.
In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
On Thursday, there are four types of beacons being lit:
- A free-standing beacon fuelled by bottle gas
- A beacon brazier with a metal shield
- A bonfire beacon
- Bishops Frome Strawman
Platinum Jubilee beacons in Oxfordshire
Lewis Wilde tests of one of the gas-fuelled beacons he has made which will be used to signal the start of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. Picture: PA
- Blenheim Palace
- Henley on Thames Town Council
- Westwell Parish Council
- Croxden Parish Council
- Brize Norton Parish Council
- Highlands Farm Brightwell-cum-Sotwell – Highlands Farm
- Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, Wallingford
- Brightwell Baldwin Parish Meeting – Brightwell Baldwin
- Grove Parish Council – Village Green, Grove
- Daylesford Estate, Kingham, Chipping Norton
- Southmoor and Kingston Bagpuize Parish Council – Millennim Green
- Kingston Bagpuize, Abingdon
- Shutford Parish Council – Jester’s Hill, Swalcliffe Lea
- Goring Heath Parish Council – close to Cold Harbour, Goring Heath
- Swinbrook & Widford Parish Council – Tower of St Mary’s Church, Swinbrook, Burford
- The Hernes Estate – Church Field, Hernes Estate
- Mollington Parish Council and Village Hall – Playing Field, Mollington
- Rollright Parish Council – Great Rollright Village Hall, Great Rollright
- Bucknell Jubilee – The Playing Field, Bucknell
- Wootton Playing Fields Association – Wootton Memorial Playing Field, Wootton
- North Hinksey Parish Council – Green Hill, North Hinksey
- Chastleton Village – Harcomb Farm, Chastleton
- Appleton with Eaton Parish Council – Badswell Lane, Appleton
- Nuffield Parish Council
- St Helen Without Parish Council & Dalton Barracks – RAF Abingdon Airfield, Abingdon
- National Trust – White Horse Hill, Uffington. Friends of St Michaels Church Steventon – Hill Farm, Steventon
- Village of Standlake – Oxford Downs Cricket Club, Witney
- Parish of Farnborough – Farnborough Church, Farnborough
- Thame Town Council, Thame
- The Red Lion, Old Marston, Oxford
- Fringford Parish Council – Cricket Ground, Fringford