South Lakeland to light up for Platinum Jubilee

Last Updated: 24 May 2022

17 May 2022

A unique celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has been unveiled by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC).

“The Light District” will see people across South Lakeland invited to light up homes, gardens, buildings, monuments and even boats in purple, white or red, white and blue to create a district-wide beacon of light at 9.45pm on Thursday, 2 June 2022.

This is to coincide with the scheduled time of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons – the first community event of the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend, when beacons will be lit across the country at 9.45pm, including in many villages and towns across South Lakeland.

Councillor Robin Ashcroft, portfolio holder for Economy, Culture and Leisure, said: “The Light District could be something as simple as a candle in a window, a string of fairy lights on a property or outdoor lanterns lit in a garden as friends and family gather together.

“We are also hoping that businesses, attractions, churches, parish and town councils will join in lighting up buildings to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne – everyone, everywhere is welcome to take part, from village halls to shops, green spaces to cinemas, museums and boats on Windermere and Coniston Water.

“We will be lighting up Kendal Castle and the Market Cross monument in Kirkby Lonsdale’s Market Square. We’re also working with Kendal Town Council to light up Kendal Town Hall, and Ulverston Town Council will be illuminating the Hoad Monument in purple, which will be seen for miles around.”

Cllr Ashcroft continued: “Many people across South Lakeland have fond memories of The Queen’s visits to our district, most recently in July 2013, a glorious summer’s day when Her Majesty greeted the crowds in Kendal town centre, toured James Cropper plc in Burneside and took a short cruise on board MV Teal on Windermere.

“The Light District is an opportunity to create some fantastic new memories as we come together to celebrate the historic milestone of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

SLDC is inviting people to share their photos with the council on social media using #TheLightDistrict:

Twitter @SouthLakelandDC

Facebook www.facebook.com/southlakelanddistrictcouncil

The council also hopes to publish as many pictures as possible in its next edition of South Lakeland News.