Upper Heyford chosen for jubilee beacon honour


HEYFORD Park in Upper Heyford will have the honour of lighting one of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons in June next year.

The beacon is one of 2,012 that will be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands and the Commonwealth to mark the jubilee.

Heyford Park’s celebrations will start at midday on June 4 and will go on into the evening. Aside from lighting the enormous beacon, there are plans to host a jubilee market, a fireworks display, a hog roast and lots of children’s activities.

Further details of the beacon celebrations will be released closer to the time.

Paul Silver, a spokesman for Heyford Park owners The Dorchester Group, said: “The beacon in Upper Heyford will be a fantastic opportunity to celebrate this exciting occasion with family, friends and the local community and to share in such a prestigious international event.”

In 2012 the beacon chain will become a symbol of unity in towns across the UK and beyond, forming a central point of focus for jubilee celebrations in Commonwealth countries across the globe.

In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II will become the second monarch in British history to celebrate sixty years on the throne.

Beacons will be lit on the battlements of the Tower of London, St James’s Palace, Lambeth Palace, and at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh, with 60 giant beacons planned to illuminate the length of Hadrian’s Wall.