Beacon set to be installed on Bulphan for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A TOWERING beacon is set to be installed in Bulphan Recreation Ground to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Bulphan Village Community Forum has been given the go ahead by planning officers to install the a 4.5ft brazier on top of a 20ft high wooden post reports the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The beacon is intended to be a permanent reminder of the Queen’s 70 year reign.

The beacon will not be situated near homes in Bulphan Village so is unlikely to affect residents. It will also be situated away from the recreation ground hall and car park.

Villagers rejected a gas lit beacon in favour of a wood-fired one.

Janet McCheyne, chairman of the forum said: “We have been dong various activities conducted by our pageant master. We usually look to join in whatever he is suggesting. This year there has been a focus on building a beacon.

“Her Majesty expressed a wish for many more communities to have beacons. The villagers didn’t want gas but this depends on someone going up there to light it. Luckily, a fellow living opposite the recreation ground is used to working at heights and has agreed to light it.”

The beacon will be lit at 9.15 pm on Thursday, June 2 following a performance by a piper at 9.09pm. The Town Crier will be in the village at 1pm.

All the relevant safety measures will be taken and the structure will use recycled materials. Following the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which takes place on an extended bank holiday from June 2 to 5, the beacon will be used during future village celebrations.

Despite being on green belt, it was felt the beacon would not detract from the open area.

Planning officers, who said the application was acceptable and would not cause harm to the surrounding area, added: “Noting that a monarch celebrating a platinum jubilee is quite unique, even if any harm was found in these respects, it is considered that other considerations would likely outweigh harm.”

Queen Elizabeth II acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952 when she was 25 years old.

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