Horsham joins Jubilee beacon lighting event

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HORSHAM PARK will host one of the 2,000 beacon lightings to be held around the world in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Monday June 4, 2012 will commemorate the Queen’s 60 year reign over the UK and the Commonwealth and Horsham District Council are making sure they get involved.

A Horsham Diamond Jubilee Tea Party and Beacon lighting in Horsham town centre will be free for all to attend on the bank holiday Monday between 10am and 7pm.

The event will host a number of activities in at least three areas of the town, celebrating a different 20-year period of HM’s reign.

Horsham town will be filled with period vehicles, music, dance, art, photography, tea and cake stalls, as well as a royal sized tea party.

In the evening there will be the lighting of a Jubilee Beacon in Horsham Park to join up with a proposed nationwide chain of more than 2,000 beacons to mark this one-off special event.

After coming to the throne on February 6 1952, the queen’s coronation took place on June 2 1953 and she celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002.

The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was the Queen Victoria in 1897.

Other road closures currently planned by residents to mark the event are as follows:

l The Causeway, Horsham on Sunday June 3 from 9 am to 7.30 pm

l Friday Street, Rusper on Monday June 4 from 11 am to 6 pm.

l Golding Lane, Mannings Heath on Sunday June 3 from 11.30 am to 5.00 pm.

l Daux Way, Billingshurst on Monday June 4 from 1 pm to 10 pm.

l High Street, Steyning Sunday June 3 from 9 am to 7.30 pm

l Barrington Road, Horsham Tuesday June 5 from 10 am to 10 pm

l Cape Copse, Rudgwick on Sunday June 3 from 12 pm to 4 pm

l Old London Road, Coldwaltham on Monday June 4 from 6 am onwards

l Mill Lane, Partridge Green on Monday June 4 from 11 am to 5 pm