Tor Beacon Lighting

On Thursday the 2nd June at 9pm the people of Glastonbury are invited to congregate on the summit of Glastonbury Tor to mark the commencement of her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Glastonbury.

To mark the occasion our Town Crier, David Greenway, will read the Official Proclamation. Our Town Piper, Craig MacFarlane, will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the Jubilee by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper. Our Town Bugler, Kevin Robbins, will officially announce the lighting of the Glastonbury Beacon with a specially written bugle call, entitled ‘Majesty.’

The Glastonbury Beacon will be lit by the Jubilee Flame on top of the Glastonbury Tor by the Vicar of St. John’s Church, Reverend David MacGeoch and the Archdruid of Glastonbury, Dreow Bennett.

All are welcome.

The Beacon to be lit at Glastonbury Tor and it will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities and faith groups all over the UK.

In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the Principal Beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of taking part in the beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history championing environmental causes.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; “Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth. They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.

“For the first time, town criers, pipers, buglers and choirs from the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to join in the celebrations in their own individual and special way. It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting, which will highlight both the diversity and unity of the nation and the Commonwealth. 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.”

Cllr Jon Cousins, The Mayor Of Glastonbury said “We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration. It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”