CASTLE Hill will be used for an official Diamond Jubilee Beacon.
The Almondbury landmark will be one of many where bonfire beacons will be lit to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary.
And Oakwell Hall Country Park is another Kirklees location taking part in the Diamond Jubilee by lighting beacons on June 4.
The Castle Hill location is one with strong links to celebrating monarchy as the Victoria Tower was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Clr Jean Calvert, Kirklees Cabinet member for Wellbeing and Communities, said: “The current Jubilee is to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 60 year reign and it is only fitting that the original Diamond Jubilee celebration setting at Castle Hill should also feature in the current celebrations.”
A Colne Valley farmer is also fired up with enthusiasm for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Tony Garside, of Westwood Farm, Bolster Moor, is planning to mark the occasion with a large bonfire which will light up the night sky at the top of the valley and will be visible for miles around.
He will light the fire at 10.01pm on Monday, June 4, above the Old Quarry on Simon Green Road, Bolster Moor.
Tony is teaming up with the Bolster Moor Community Association to make the Jubilee a real red letter day for the village.
During the afternoon one of his large sheds, empty of cows at this time of year, will host a fun day with stalls, games, competitions and a tug-o-war. This will be followed by a live band and supper starting at 7pm.
The bonfire has been registered with The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), which is hoping to organise a chain of 1,000 beacons and bonfires across the land to raise funds for members of the farming community facing hardship or distress.
The RABI bonfires will form part of a network of over 4,000 beacons which will be lit by communities throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Commonwealth and UK Overseas Territories between 10pm and 10.29pm on Monday, June 4. The Queen will light the final beacon in London at 10.30pm.
Tony, who is hoping that his efforts will raise £1,000 for RABI, said: “I just thought it was a worthwhile thing to do to show our appreciation of the monarch by taking part in the beacon network”.
BRITAIN has a long history of lighting beacons spanning many hundreds of years to mark important royal occasions.
Royal weddings, jubilees and coronations have been all celebrated in this way.
In 1897 beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. In 1977 and 2002 beacons were lit to celebrate The Queen's Silver and Golden Jubilees.
Because of Castle Hill’s sensitive location visitors are being warned that the safety of visitors to the hill is going to be a big consideration.
Car parking will be restricted to organisers and staff and to ensuring emergency vehicles have access.
A local scout group will be involved with the preparation and lighting of the beacon at 10.15pm.
Clr Calvert added: “We have been working with English Heritage, with Walkers Timber of Huddersfield and Allsops of Honley. All have helped us immensely to replace the original beacon that collapsed some years ago, and to build another beacon at Cliff Rec, Wooldale.
“It would be ideal if people chose to watch all the beacons from a distance. There are good public transport links to Almondbury which organisers are hoping people will consider using”.
A further jubilee event will be hosted by Friends of Oakwell Hall and this will feature music, a quiz, fireworks and the lighting of a Jubilee Beacon at Oakwell Country Park.
Other organisations and groups will be holding their own beacon events on June 4 and these will include: Paddock Diamond Street; Westwood Edge, Golcar; Wolfstones; Cliff Recreation Ground; nr Holmfirth; Factory Farm at Emley; and The Pinnacle at Mirfield.
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