CROWDS will descend on a Prudhoe park tonight (June 2) as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations get underway.

A beacon will be lit at Eastwoods Park, West Wylam, in honour of Her Majesty the Queen.

The lighting ceremony will be accompanied by a bagpiper, bugler, Prudhoe Gleeman Male Voice Choir and Prudhoe Community Choir, with proceedings kicking off at 9.30pm.

The beacon, commissioned by the Friends of Eastwoods Park charity, will be lit at 9.45pm along with thousands of others across the country.

Town criers, Pearly Kings and Queens, traditional and Northumberland pipers, buglers and choirs from across the nation and the Commonwealth will play and sing specially commissioned music prior to the lighting of over 1,500 Platinum Jubilee beacons.

“I’m absolutely delighted that we have been able to install our permanent beacon in Eastwoods Park for this momentous occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee” said project manager for the Friends of Eastwoods Park, Russ Greig. “The first time a British Monarch has celebrated 70 years.

“Our beacon will be used for future public celebrations and events, and a long-lasting reminder of a well-loved Queen.”

Friends of Eastwoods Park, who runs the Miners Lamp Community Café and Hub, commissioned Blyth Bespoke Fabrication to build the beacon.