Lighting of the Beacon Ceremony

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Seaford Town Council
2 June 2022
The Shoal at Splash Point, Esplanade, SEAFORD, East Sussex, BN25 1BW, United Kingdom
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There is a long and unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons. On the 2nd of June, the nation will celebrate a feat no other monarch has managed to achieve, our Queens Platinum Jubilee with over 2,200 beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas territories in recognition of her long and selfless service.

Seaford’s beacon will be placed near ‘The Shoal‘ at Splash Point allowing the local communities, individuals and organisations to come together and pay tribute to HRH Queen Elizabeth and will be lit in unison at 9.45 pm by Seaford Bonfire Society.

At 2 pm hundreds of town criers and pearly kings and queens across the nation will herald a specially written proclamation signalling the lighting of the beacon later in the evening. Peter White, appointed Town Crier of Seaford having cried for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and one of the longest-serving Town Criers in the country will cry the Proclamation for Seaford at 2 pm at the Lych Gate of St Leonard’s Church, followed by a repeat of the cry in Broad Street, we invite everyone to be part of this historic moment to commence the Celebrations.

Prior to the Beacon Lighting at 9.35 pm, Richard Brookes a local Piper will be playing ‘Diu Regnare’ a unique tune specially written for this historic Jubilee by Piper Stuart Liddell, 2020 Glenfiddich Champion and Pipe Major of the World Champion Pipe Band, Inveraray and District.

At exactly 9.45 pm, to coincide with the lighting of the Beacon, the Archway Choir will be performing ‘A song for the Commonwealth’ Filling the nation with the sound of music as we celebrate this special moment in The Queen’s life.

We would like to thank Smith Metal Fabrications Ltd in Newhaven who have kindly built the beacon, and Wynnes in Seaford who are supplying and installing the post, both kindly donated free of charge.