Reigate’s platinum jubilee celebrations Reigate Business Guild decorated the town with flags

The lighting of the beacon in Priory Park and the decoration of the town with union jacks were just two of the ways that Reigate marked the Queen’s platinum jubilee this month.

The beacon event on Thursday 2 June, part of the national “Jubilee Beacons”, was organised by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

Crowds were able to enjoy music at the front of an illuminated Reigate Priory, and hear from the Mayor, Cllr Frank Kelly, before people moved up to the beacon on the other side of the park.

Other events scheduled by the council over the four days included screenings, at the Harlequin in Redhill, of the documentary “Elizabeth: a portrait in parts” and a live screening of the Party at the Palace concert.

On the Sunday there was an invitation to picnic in the borough’s main parks, with children receiving a certificate for dressing in royal or 1950s-themed costume.

Over at Reigate Business Guild, volunteers decked out the town with flags in plenty of time for the celebrations, and arranged a display of local history and artwork in Tunnel Road in collaboration with local schools and organisations.

Residents also put up red, white and blue bunting in many of the town’s residential roads, with street parties taking place across the weekend. The lighting of the beacon on Thursday 2 June: it was installed back in 1988 as part of the Spanish Armada celebrations Some people attended the Priory Park celebrations after earlier enjoying the festivities in London Crowds enjoyed live music, while SUSY Radio provided a live broadcast Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Frank Kelly, thanked local musical groups who performed in the park, and volunteers and council staff who made the evening possible “Congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her Platinum Jubilee” said these flags put up by Reigate Business Guild This artwork from Reigate Priory Junior School was on the Old Town Hall in the High Street People can continue to enjoy the Tunnel Road displays until 20 June, Reigate Business Guild has said There are 20 panels in all 13 of the 20 panels feature artwork from local schools and colleges As well as displays of artwork, there are other panels about the town and its history (click to enlarge)

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