Cresswell Village’s tribute to the Queen

The coastal village of Cresswell is to pay its own special tribute to Her Majesty the Queen during the celebrations to mark her 70 years as Monarch.

For what is believed to be the first time in over 500 years, a beacon will be lit on the roof of a newly-restored landmark which has stood guard over the village since the 14th Century.

The beacon at the Pele Tower, built as a defence for local landowners and villagers against raids by the notorious gangs of Border Reivers, will be one of thousands being lit across the UK and Commonwealth as part of the official weekend celebrations of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee that begin on Thursday June 2nd.

It will be lit at 9.45pm and organisers are hoping local people will turn out in numbers to join in the event.  That day the Pele Tower will be open to visitors with free-of-charge access, from 1pm until 9pm.

Pele Tower Trustee and local resident Barry Mead, said: “We will be so proud to be part of this momentous celebration marking a unique milestone in the history of our country.  Our Pele Tower which we have rescued from its near-derelict state, played a major part in our village’s history, at a time when the Reivers were roaming the borderlands between England and Scotland.  

“When the Reivers were on the rampage, a beacon would be lit as a warning to everyone, but it is likely that our Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be the first time that has happened in more than 500 years.

That night the principal beacon lighting will take place at Buckingham Palace and there will be many others around the country as well as in all 54 Commonwealth Capitals.

“For Cresswell to be part of such a worldwide celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, is a huge honour for our village,” said Barry.  “It will be a night to remember forever and an occasion not to be missed.”

Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons, said lighting beacons was a long-standing tradition of significant royal celebrations.  He said: “The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment, so we want to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”