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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Town beacon plans revealed

PREPARATIONS for Annan’s Platinum Jubilee beacon event this summer are well underway.

And more details have been revealed of what will be happening in the town on Thursday June 2.

Community council chairman Alan Weild will act as town crier and will announce a specially-written proclamation heralding the lighting of the beacon later that evening. At the same time, hundreds of other town criers and Pearly Kings and Queens will be doing the same across the UK.

Later on that night, prior to the actual lighting, pipers from the Royal Burgh of Annan Pipe Band will play Diu Regnare, which has been commissioned for the occasion.

Furthermore, cornet player Dale Simmons, from Annan Town Band, will play the specially written bugle call ‘Majesty’ at exactly 9.40 pm, in tandem with others across the country.

And at the official time of 9.45 pm Annan’s beacon will be lit, helping to form a chain across the UK.

The honour of setting it alight will go to community stalwart Joyce Wylie, holder of a British Citizen Award, pictured.

Over the years she has organised events locally for the Queen’s Golden and Diamond jubilees, the end of WWI and VE celebrations and is looking forward to marking Her Majesty’s Platinum milestone.

Pageant Master Bruno Peek is overseeing the beacon planning and said: “Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, over 1500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth on the first evening of the four-day Jubilee Weekend.

“The beacons will enable local communities to join together and pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.

“It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting which will highlight both the diversity and the unity of the nation. The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment. We would like to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”


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