Jubilee Beacon on Brant FellBACK
6th June 2022
Last Thursday more than 3,500 beacons were lit around the world to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – among them, our very own jubilee beacon at the top of Brant Fell, just a stone’s throw from Birkdale House.
Despite the rain, thunder and lightning, there was a good turnout as we joined together to celebrate the Queen’s historic milestone. And we weren’t alone in lighting a beacon. From the summit of Brant Fell we could see several other beacons around Lake Windermere and further afield.
There is a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons. A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration. 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.
As Bruno Peek, pageantmaster of the Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said: “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.”