Beacons to light up night sky in Leicestershire

About 20 villages and towns will light up the night sky with beacons to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Leicestershire.
They will be ignited from 10pm to 10.30pm when the Queen lights the national beacon in London.

The largest event in the county will be staged in Leicester's Abbey Park.
City mayor Peter Soulsby said: "Leicester always puts on a great programme of events for the summer but this year we have more than ever."We were delighted to welcome the Queen to Leicester earlier this year and I'm very pleased we will be hosting a range of activites to mark this historic occasion."

He said the celebrations at Abbey Park would start at 9pm and would include a lantern parade, fire eaters and fire sculptures, and would culminate with the lighting of the beacon at 10.15pm.

The county council is holding a beacon-lighting event at Beacon Hill, in Charnwood Forest.

A county council spokesman said: "Beacon Hill, the second highest spot in Leicestershire, is an ideal place to light our beacon. It should be visible from miles away."
It will be lit at the upper car park at 10pm and will burn for about an hour.
Gates will open at 9pm and refreshments will be available.

Parish councils and village Jubilee committees are also holding events.
Shepshed's four churches are holding a beacon-lighting event at St Botolph's Church on a hill overlooking the town.

Co-ordinator Anne Wightman said they had registered their beacon with the Queen's Pageantmaster at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons so it would be recorded alongside 4,000 others in the country.

She said: "Churches Together agreed to stage it outside St Botolph's. We will be lighting our beacon after the Queen has lit the national one in London at 10.30pm.
"We hope a large number of people will attend the evening as we shall be screening the celebrity concert from London on a large screen in the church from 7.30pm."

In Lubenham, near Market Harborough, thousands of people are expected to cram on to the village green to see the beacon lit on top of nearby Mill Hill.

Find your nearest beacon
All of the beacons are being lit between 10pm and 10.30pm. Lighting ceremonies are being held at:

Barkby – Barkby cricket ground
Breedon on the Hill – Breedon Hill
Croft Hill, beacon sponsored by Aggregate Industries
Earl Shilton – Hall Field
Glenfield – Millennium Green
Great Easton – In the field by the parish church
Great Glen – Recreation ground
Hinckley – Council offices, Argents Mead
Leicester – Abbey Park
Leicester University - Fielding Johnson Building lawn
Lubenham – Mill Hill
Lutterworth – Coventry Road recreation ground
Markfield – Hill Hole Quarry
Mountsorrel – Castle Hill
Narborough – All Saints Parish Church tower
Queniborough – King George playing field
Ratby – Burroughs recreation ground
Shepshed – In the church yard at St Botolph’s Church
Somerby – Burrough Hill fort
Willoughby Waterleys – Church Farm Lane
Woodhouse Eves – Beacon Hill upper car park

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