Kirkintilloch celebrates The Queen’s Diamond Jubliee

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A SPECIAL beacon will be lit in Kirkintilloch to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

East Dunbartonshire Council leader, Rhondda Geekie, will light a beacon in Peel Park on Monday, June 4, at 10.15pm.

It will stand proudly on the highest part of the park and it is hoped that people throughout the area will visit on the night to mark the momentous occasion.

As part of the celebrations, communities across Britain will be lighting a beacon at the same time with the Queen lighting the National Beacon at 10.30pm.

In the lead up to the event in Peel Park there will be music in the bandstand, snack bar and goody bags for the children.

Also attending on the night will be the newly crowned Kirkintilloch Gala Queen, Rachel McMillan.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “It will be my pleasure to light the beacon on behalf of the people of East Dunbartonshire.

“This marks 60 years of service to the country that Her Majesty has given and I wish her many congratulations on this important milestone on her reign.”

Many schools and community groups in the area have organised street parties to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

And the council has relaxed road closures in a bid to encourage street parties to be held on Sunday, June 3, as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch.

Saturday, June 2, to Tuesday, June 5, will be the central weekend to celebrate the anniversary, with activities taking place throughout the UK and across the Commonwealth.

A Jubilee Concert will take place at Buckingham Palace on Monday, June 4.

World-famous artists lined-up to appear on the historic occasion include Shirley Bassey, Jools Holland, Jessie J, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams.

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