Lighting Barr Beacon to mark a Royal milestone

Barr Beacon Monument by C. Manning (Wikimedia Commons)

A beacon will be lit at a Walsall landmark today, Monday 6 February to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne.

The Accession Day commemoration will take place at Barr Beacon and a group of schoolchildren from the immediate area have been invited to take part in the special ceremony, along with local church representatives and Barr Beacon trustees.

The beacon lighting ceremony is one of a number of events being held throughout the Walsall borough in 2012 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, chairman of the Barr Beacon Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be able to mark the Queen’s important anniversary at this famous borough landmark.

“We will be joined by pupils from schools in Pheasey Park Farm and Streetly as well as representatives from local churches and all who attend will be given a commemorative certificate to mark the occasion.

“We have to limit the amount of people who attend the ceremony itself but it is a fitting location for us to light up the skies around Walsall as the beacon will be seen for miles.

“This of course is the time of year that King George VI died and is a sad time for the Queen as she lost her father and became monarch. It is important that we commemorate the day she became Queen and look forward to celebrations in June.”

Councillor Gary Clarke, vice-chairman of the Trust, added: “This is just one of the events we are holding throughout the borough and it will prove to be a very special evening indeed for the schoolchildren in particular.”

Invited guests will arrive at Barr Beacon from 5pm-5.15pm on 6 February and the entrance gate to the monument car park will be closed during the ceremony. It is due to finish at 6pm.