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Tuesday, 28 May, 2002, 16:14 GMT 17:14 UK
Royal celebrations to burn brightly
A beacon lit in the countryside
Beacons of differing sizes will be lit
Dozens of beacons are to be lit the length and breadth of Scotland as part of the celebrations for the Queen's Jubilee.

From Broughton in the heart of the Scottish Borders to Unst, in the Shetland Isles, the country will mark the Golden Jubilee with beacons, bonfires and parties.

Some of the beacon lighting ceremonies will be elaborate affairs, while others will be more simple celebrations of the Queen's 50 years on the throne.

The official co-ordinators of the jubilee celebrations said they were aware of plans for more than 75 beacons in Scotland.

A bonfire
Bonfires and beacons will be lit across Scotland

Golden Jubilee Summer Party spokesman Bruno Peek said very nearly all the events taking place around the UK had been registered with the website.

He pointed out that many private beacons and parties would be held as well as those open to the public.

"We're delighted with the response from everybody," Mr Peek said.

"In 1977, only 102 beacons were lit to celebrate the Silver Jubilee and in 2002, we have 1,800-plus across the UK and the Commonwealth."

Scottish beacons are to be lit at about 2130 BST on Monday 3 June with the final beacon, to be lit by the Queen in London, due to be illuminated at 2245 BST that night.

Each beacon will form a link in the chain of them to be lit in sequence across the UK and the Commonwealth.

Full details of the Scottish beacons can be found by looking on the Golden Jubilee Summer Party website, but here BBC News Online Scotland rounds up some of the main events.

  • In Edinburgh a concert will be held in Princes Street Gardens before a beacon is lit high over the city on the castle's battlements.

    Lord Provost Eric Milligan
    Eric Milligan will light Edinburgh's beacon

    The concert will feature Celtic and world music. It will also feature a performance from the Edinburgh Singers, who are celebrating their Golden Jubilee.

    Edinburgh's Lord Provost Eric Milligan said: "This event will provide an ideal opportunity for the people of Edinburgh to celebrate Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee with family or friends.

    "It will also offer visitors to the city the chance to celebrate this memorable occasion in Scotland's historic capital, which has many Royal connections, dating back hundreds of years."

  • A beacon will be lit at Dundee Law on Monday evening, and a spokesman said that a range of events will be held in the city's parks over the weekend to mark the jubilee.

  • Aberdeen City Council is hoping several hundred people will turn out for its beacon ceremony at Torry Battery, overlooking the harbour.

    A Salvation Army band will play a concert from about 2000 BST and the beacon will be lit at 2100 BST by Lord Provost Margaret Smith.

    She said: "Aberdeen gave Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh a very warm welcome on their visit on May 28 and I am sure that the local community will be keen to support the lighting of the City's Golden Jubilee Beacon on June 3.

    "With music from the Salvation Army Band and the stunning setting of the Battery set against the cityscape, I'm sure the evening will be one to remember and it will also mark a coming together of communities across the country to mark the Queen's 50-year reign."

  • Stirling, Scotland's newest city, will see a beacon lit at the Castle. The beacon will be lit above James IV Gateway and a pipe band is expected to beat the retreat as well.

    Councils in Inverness and Glasgow have not made any plans for lighting beacons on Monday.


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