Edenbridge is getting its own Beacon in recognition of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Beacon will be used for the first time as part of the nation’s lighting of Beacons on 2 June at Stangrove Park and will be part of the national celebrations next week.

The UK has a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations through beacon lighting, and it is expected more than 2,200 beacons will be lit across the country following the first Beacon being lit at Buckingham Palace at 9.45 pm.

Residents are invited to Picnic in the Park, activities start in Stangrove Park from 7.00 pm. There will be music, union jack children’s face painting and a best crown competition, the Rotary Club providing bacon baps, and the Scouts Jamboree will be fundraising selling hotdogs and burgers, there will be other hot and cold refreshments, popcorn and games. The Town Band will be playing from 8.30 pm.

Come along for this momentous occasion to see the first lighting of the Edenbridge Beacon by the Chairman of the Town Council.To mark the four-day national celebrations the High Street will be dressed in suitable bunting.

The Beacon will be installed during week 23 May.

The national timetable prior to the beacons being lit which Edenbridge Town Band will accompany

  • At 9.35pm local time across the UK and Commonwealth, traditional and Northumbrian pipers and pipe bands will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper.
  • At 9.40pm buglers linked to local beacon lightings across the UK and the capital cities of the Commonwealth will officially announce the lighting of the beacons with a specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty.
  • Then at 9.45pm exactly local time, and to coincide with the lighting of the beacons, community choirs across all nations will sing Song for the Commonwealth, which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.