Mayor lights Dudley Castle beacon

The Mayor of Dudley lit up the sky on Jubilee night as part of the celebrations to mark The Queen's 70th year on the throne.

The Mayor lit the beacon at Dudley Zoo and Castle at 9:45pm as part of a chain of principal beacons lighting up the UK.

Other community and commonwealth beacons were lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories as well as in all the capital cities of the Commonwealth.

In Dudley, in addition to the flame-lit beacon at Dudley Zoo and Castle, search lights shone out from the zoo and at Sedgley Beacon. The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Sue Greenaway, said:

"It was an absolute honour to light the beacon on behalf of the borough at Dudley Zoo and Castle. This is an historic moment, and I’m so pleased that we were able to light up the skies above two of the borough’s highest points, so that our communities could share in this celebration.

"With a series of street parties also taking place in the borough this weekend, I wish everyone well as they take part in the celebrations."

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.


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