Richmondshire comes together to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Jocelyn Campbell lighting the beacon on Kitley Hill, Arkengarthdale.

Four days of celebrations took place cross the district to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

Street and village parties were held,  beacons were lit, there was singing and dancing, film nights, live music and much more.

Several hundred people turned out to see the lighting of the Jubilee beacon on the Shawl in Leyburn.

The beacon was lit by Councillor Mandy Spenceley, and was erected and maintained by Councillor Richard Sanderson.

Wensleydale Rotarians were on hand to manage the event.

Councillor Mandy Spenceley lights the beacon in Leyburn.

In Arkengarthdale, more than 120 people enjoyed a beacon celebration, which included a fanfare, singing, readings and a toast.

The beacon was lit on Kitley Hill, one of the highest and most prominent hills in the Dale, where residents, visitors and those connected with Arkengarthdale gathered.

Ahead of the lighting, over 70 people walked the two miles from Langthwaite to the peak of Kitley Hill, led by Lily Richardson and Emily Barningham, who carried a Union Jack.

Lily and Emily lead the beacon walkers.

Following the Majesty Fanfare, played on the cornet by Paul Hutchinson, the beacon was lit by 94-year-old Jocelyn Campbell, a long-standing resident of Arkengarthdale.

The Kitley Hill Singers sang ‘I vow to thee my country’ before Emily Barningham and Oscar Kendall read out interesting facts about the Queen’s life.

After a rendition of Jerusalem, prosecco was served for the loyal toast to the Queen, followed by everyone singing the National Anthem.

The event was organised by volunteers and friends of Arkengarthdale Sports Association and as well as the beacon celebration, a commemorative book is being put together which will include photographs from the evening, signatures of everyone who was there, as well as information and images of the Queen.

Photographs from the celebratory event can be viewed on the Arkengarthdale Hub Facebook page here.

Hundreds of people gathered at community event in Catterick Garrison which included a film night and silent disco.

In Redmire, several days of celebrations were held with a beacon lit on the village green.

A beacon was lit on Redmire village green.
A ducking stool also featured.

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