Barnsley set to light Beacon to kickstart Platinum Jubilee celebrations

With less than three weeks to go until we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – an unprecedented moment in history, excitement is building across the borough as preparations for the Platinum Jubilee weekend get underway.

Over the coming weeks, you’ll spot bunting going up in the town centre and local areas; libraries and public buildings having a royal makeover and preparations taking place for a whole host of community events, street parties and official celebrations.

A real highlight of the celebrations in Barnsley will take place on Thursday 2 June, when we join the jubilee’s first official event by lighting a beacon at the Glass Works square in Barnsley town centre.

There is a long tradition in our country to light a beacon to commemorate royal occasions, including Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 and the Queen’s previous momentous jubilee’s in1977, 2002 and 2012 to commemorate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

It is anticipated that over 2,022 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries in recognition of The Queen’s long and selfless service.

Our Beacon lighting ceremony will follow the same set schedule as that of the official celebrations so that beacons are all lit at the same time across the country. Proceedings will begin at 9.35pm with a welcome from the Mayor of Barnsley, as a personal tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.

The lighting of the beacon will be announced at 9.40pm, followed by lighting of the beacon at 9.45pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony in the town centre which we hope will be an evening of celebration and reflection and we will also be live streaming it on our Facebook Page.

Many local communities are also hosting their own beacon events as part of their jubilee celebrations, providing local people with the opportunity to come together, so please keep an eye out in your local area or visit and search the interactive map. If you are planning on hosting a beacon event, please make sure you follow the necessary legislation and safety guidance. You can also contact our events team for advice at

Beacon lighting is just the start of the official and local celebrations across Barnsley. Please support your local community events, it really is an opportunity to come together and celebrate this once in a lifetime historical moment.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Caroline Makinson, said: “I’m really excited about the upcoming Jubilee celebrations in Barnsley and can’t wait to join in many of the things going on across the borough. The incoming Mayor will have the honour of attending the official beacon lighting in the town centre and what a momentous occasion that will be. The thought of thousands of beacons all being lit at exactly the same time across the country, all united to celebrate our queen, is just incredible and a once in a lifetime moment.

“Don’t forget to make the most of the extended jubilee bank holiday weekend by making memories with family, friends and by coming together with your community to share this moment in history.”

Get involved and keep up to date with what’s happening across the borough by visiting our jubilee webpage, following our virtual celebrations on Facebook and Twitter and by following our Area Teams social media channels as they will be promoting things happening locally.

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