PROUD Bulwell has been chosen to light a giant beacon as part of the upcoming celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The town’s premier open space, the Bulwell Bogs recreation park, will host the iconic flame, which will be part of a chain of hundreds of beacons lit across the country on Monday June 4.
Standing approximately 16 feet tall, the beacon will be seen by residents around the town.
The Bogs has been chosen because of its award-winning friends group and the part it plays in the Bulwell community.
Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), a Bulwell member of Nottingham City Council, has been a driving force behind the group — and the transformation of the Bogs in recent years.
“I am absolutely thrilled to bits that we have been given the privilege,” said Coun Morris, who is now vice-chairman of the friends group.
“It is a real honour. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of an occasion like this, which is of such national importance. I can’t wait.”
The lighting of the beacons — at about 10 pm — will be one of the key events during the extended jubilee Bank Holiday weekend running from Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5 to honour the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
An invite-only celebration will be held as part of the Bulwell lighting ceremony with community activists on the guest list.
There are plans to hold a competition to choose the person to light the beacon.
But it will be a forerunner for a chain of celebrations throughout Bulwell on Tuesday June 5.
Nine parties have already been confirmed, with residents set to spill out onto streets decorated with Union Jack bunting to mark the occasion. Churches are also hosting events.
There will also be a community day on the Bogs.
Coun Morris has ploughed £2,500 from monies provided by the city council to support jubilee celebrations in Bulwell.
One of her main aims is that children in the town take part in the occasion — just as she did during Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953.
“I am so passionate about youngsters being involved,” said Coun Morris. “This is history in the making and will provide memories that will last a lifetime.”