Beacons burn bright in honour of the Queen's 60 years on the throne
THERE were three cheers for the Queen in Cleethorpes as towns and villages across North East Lincolnshire lit a beacon for her Diamond Jubilee.
Beacons were lit in towns and villages across Lincolnshire on Monday to mark 60 years under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Those that lit beacons in the area included Healing, Humberston, Scartho, Habrough, Caistor, Stallingborough, Louth, Great Coates and Cleethorpes – which accounted for just a few of the 4,000 beacons lit across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, along with the Commonwealth and UK overseas territories.
Queen Elizabeth is just the second monarch in British history to hold the throne for 60 years – the last being Queen Victoria, who celebrated her Jubilee in 1897 – and the achievement didn't go unrecognised.
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Families gathered to show their support as the beacons were lit at various locations between 10pm and 10.30pm.
A crowd gathered around Cleethorpes' Ross Castle to watch the beacon lit by chairman of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Bill McCann at 10.26pm.
He said: "The Queen is also the patron of the RAFA so we organised this beacon as we thought it was important to show our appreciation for her and celebrate this fantastic occasion.
"This won't happen again in our lifetime and it is nice to see so many people turn out to support the Queen."
The Pipe Major Danny Flemming, of Humberside Police, provided an inspiring soundtrack as the crowd anticipated the lighting of the beacon, and they counted down from ten before Mr McCann lit the flame.
Then, three cheers rang our for Her Majesty – loud enough to hear in London.
Johnny Allbones, 37, of Scartho, said: "This is a historic event and it is a very emotional occasion for me.
"It is a big day for Cleethorpes and Britain, and we won't see it again in this coastal town or anywhere else in our lifetime."
Eddie Lockhart, 60, of Scartho, said: "Everything today has been absolutely excellent. People have come from across North East Lincolnshire to watch this.
"It shouldn't, but sometimes it takes a big occasion like this to bring a community together."
Helen Leary, 63, of Clee Crescent, said: "I am ex-Royal Navy and a royalist, through and through.
"I watched the Queen's Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace on the television and this is a great way to finish the night."
Mum Sarah Gabbitas, 42, of Humberston, said: "My 14-year-old daughter said she might never see it again – and it seems unlikely that I will either."
The last beacon in the chain was lit by Her Majesty at the end of the Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace.