Civic leaders across county come together to light Jubilee beacon
The Oxfordshire Lieutenancy is bringing together civic leaders from across the county in a ceremony to light Oxfordshire’s beacon, in honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor James Fry, will be representing Oxford City Council at the beacon lighting, being held on Thursday 2 June at 9.45pm at Castle Mound, New Road, Oxford.
A bugler will sound a call at 9.40pm, followed by the lighting of the Beacon by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mr Brian Buchan.
Oxfordshire’s Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm alongside the Principal Beacon at Buckingham Palace and an estimated 3000 other Beacons around the country.
Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mr Brian Buchan, said:
“The lighting of Jubilee Beacons is one of the official events of the Platinum Jubilee in 2022, providing an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth, to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.”
The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor James Fry, said:
“The lighting of the beacon signals the start of the weekend’s jubilee celebrations in the city and beyond. It reminds us of the ancient custom of lighting beacons to spread news throughout the country. Today, it is also a fitting tribute to the light Her Majesty has given the nation during its darkest times”.
Chair of Oxfordshire County Council, Councillor Susanna Pressel, said:
“It’s awe-inspiring to think that at the same moment beacons are being lit up and down the land and even overseas. We are all joining together in this dramatic launch of a once-in-a-lifetime celebration.”
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Oxford City Council is the democratically-elected local authority for Oxford.
In partnership with others, we provide a wide range of services – including planning, housing, community centres, parks and waste collection – for approximately 152,000 residents, 106,000 people who work in Oxford and the millions of people who visit our world-famous city every year.
We have set four key priorities, all of equal importance and all interconnected:
• to enable an inclusive economy, where everyone has access to sustainable business and employment opportunities
• to deliver more affordable housing, including a new generation of council homes to help meet our acute housing shortage
• to support thriving communities, reducing the stark inequality between our city’s richest and poorest residents
• to tackle the climate emergency by pursuing a zero-carbon Oxford
Our vision is to build a world-class city for everyone.
Oxfordshire has a two-tier system of local government, which means services are provided by two different councils. Oxford City Council provides local services for the city, while Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for strategic, countywide services such as roads, schools and social care.