Crowds thronged the ‘Golden Acre’ in Bexley Village on Monday night to watch the lighting of the special beacon as part of Bexley’s celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The beacon was lit by the Mayor of Bexley Councillor Allan Downing after the Bishop of Rochester led prayers for the Queen, the Country and the Commonwealth.
Young and old came together for the event which was organised by Churches Together with the sound of the National Anthem ringing out across Bexley Village as the Diamond Jubilee Beacon bathed the Golden Acre with light. Around 4,200 beacons were lit across the country with the final beacon being lit by the Queen to mark the culmination of the Jubilee Concert in the Mall.
“It was very moving to see crowds of people coming together in Bexley Village to share the experience and share in the tribute to the Queen.” James Brokenshire said. “It was a great way to celebrate and mark the huge service Her Majesty has given over the last 60 years. The atmosphere was really special and to see the beacon lighting up the darkness of the night is something I’m sure we’ll all remember for many, many years to come.”