Beacons to buses – Jubilee events a success

[Mayoress, Mayor and Leader of Hyndburn with the lit Beacon and Rawden Kerr, Town Crier]

To celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Hyndburn has been busy with a range of events from Beacon Lighting and a Royal British Legion Parade to a hop-on/hop-off bus tour around parks and a family show in the Market Hall.

Across the borough street parties and community events have taken place alongside events to coincide with national celebrations such as formal beacon lighting and fireworks.

Dignitaries, cadets and Royal British Legion attended events on Thursday 2 June to start the long weekend of celebrations which was opened by Town Crier, Rawden Kerr.

[Jubilee fireworks in Accrington]

Mayor of Hyndburn, Cllr Abdul Khan, said:

“It was an honour to be the person to light one of over 3,000 beacons across our country to celebrate this momentous occasion. Her Majesty The Queen has given a lifetime of service and our community has shown their thanks with a full calendar of fantastic events and activities. I hope everyone had a wonderful time.”

Hundreds of families attended Saturday 4 June celebrations at Accrington Market Hall. The day saw a range of free activities including rides, crafts, a live theatre performance and biscuit decorating. Traders and pop-up stalls had plenty of Jubilee themed items for sale, alongside their usual wide range of goods, and community groups such as Aawaz handed out free balloons for people to enjoy.

[Families gathered for live show in Market Hall]

Sameena King, Accrington Market Manager, said:

“It was fantastic to see our magnificent market full of people enjoying themselves and celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. I would like to say thank you to everyone who came along to support our traders and local businesses, by shopping local you are helping us to thrive and grow so we can plan many more events like this in the future.”

[Hyndburn’s Platinum Jubilee Bus]

Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, Leader of Hyndburn Council, said:

“As we reflect on the celebrations last week I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped to make it such a special occasion. Seeing local businesses with bunting and flags displayed, putting on special events and supporting local activities has helped make it a long weekend to remember, for all.

“I am proud that Hyndburn Council have supported people with their planned street parties, helped fund community events such as the Great Harwood Charter Fair and provided free activities for people to enjoy including a fantastic firework display, beacon lighting, family activities in the market hall and a bus trail around parks, which is still running until 12 June. This occasion is a moment in history and people have joined forces to celebrate this great achievement of Our Majesty.”

The Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail, based within seven parks in Hyndburn, is running until 12 June for people to take park. Visit for bus timetable and information.