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Hadrian’s Wall Jubilee celebrations: beacons set to shine

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Hadrian’s Wall Jubilee beacons

Linda Tuttiett and Bruno Peek with a beacon as the prepare for the Jubilee celebrations

Linda Tuttiett and Bruno Peek with a beacon as the prepare for the Jubilee celebrations

Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site is set to shine as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons being lit on Monday 4 June.

Sixty official beacons will be hosted throughout the communities across this World Heritage Site – once the north west frontier of the Roman Empire.

The beacons will run from from South Shields in the North East of England to Ravenglass in the North West of England. Each  beacon representing a year of The Queen’s reign. They will be lit simultaneously at 10.12pm on Monday 4 June.

Her Majesty The Queen will light the national beacon in London at around 10.30pm following the Diamond Jubilee Concert produced by the BBC that night.

Bruno Peek OBE MVO, Pageantmaster of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons, said: “We are delighted that 60 beacons are being lit along Hadrian’s Wall, especially as the Wall is one of our country’s most important ancient monuments.

“We applaud the work that Hadrian’s Wall Heritage has undertaken to ensure that the beacons will be lit by the communities living near the Wall.”

Linda Tuttiett, chief executive of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage, said: “We were asked by the Pageantmaster to coordinate the official beacons for the World Heritage Site and we have been overwhelmed by the response from local communities.

“We are now bringing together a Wall-wide event programme around the 60 official beacons.
We are inviting visitors to share the Jubilee weekend with local people, culminating in the beacon lighting ceremony.”

Hadrian’s Wall Jubilee beacons locations

The Hadrian’s Wall Heritage website www.hadrians-wall.org/jubilee has details for the beacon locations.

Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site beacon locations, east to west, are:
Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields
Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend
Hexham (including Acomb, Anick & Sandhoe)
Housesteads Roman Fort
Herding Hill Farm, Haltwhistle
Greenhead
Birdoswald Roman Fort
Banks/Lanercost, Burtholme Parish Council
Bewcastle
Carlisle Castle
Maryport
Ravenglass/Eskdale

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