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Beacons lit across the region as Jubilee celebrations continue

Beacons were lit at various locations across our area last night to mark the official start of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A special event was held at the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR) in Asfordby Road, Melton, which was recently visited by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

Crowds watch as the beacon is lit at the DATR on Thursday evening. Photo: NEMM

More than two hundred people gathered to watch the lighting of the beacon on the fields of the DATR undertaken by Rory Underwood MBE, Deputy Lieutenant for Leicestershire.

Traders were kept busy during the evening as hundreds attended the event. Photo: NEMM.

There were performances from Melton Choral Society and the Rock Choir and a stunning performance of bagpipes.

A visitor in the jubilee spirit watching some of the performances. Photo: NEMM.

The event at the Defence Animal Training Regiment was also broadcast live with a special programme on Melton's Community Radio Station, 103FM The Eye.

The free car parking at the event was also impeccably managed by 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron Air Cadets who guided and controlled the traffic for the event.

Other beacons were lit across the UK and Commonwealth to mark The Queen's 70 years on the thrown. Locations included Windsor Castle, which was lead by HM The Queen and more locally at Belvoir Castle, Waltham -On-The-Wolds, Burrough-On-The-Hill and Beacon Hill Country Park.

The event was to mark the official start of the jubilee weekend which sees lots of events taking place to mark the occasion.

The beacon on show at the DATR on Thursday evening. Photo: NEMM.

Melton's Royal Connections - A special exhibition to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee - is taking place at Melton Carnegie Museum in Thorpe End, Melton. It's an exhibition looking at the royal visitors that Melton has received through the ages. Admission is free Opening Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 16:30pm Sundays & Mondays: Closed Special opening hours Sunday 5th June 10:00am - 16:30pm The museum is opening specially on Sunday 5th June to support the festivities in the town and all of the activities will be available on this day.

Holiday at Home Fun Fair in Play Close Park. The fair opens from 12pm every day and runs until the end of the Jubilee Weekend.

The skies of Melton are treated to a beautiful sight on each day coming up too with a Hurricane Flypast on the Saturday (12:42) and Sunday (14:24).

Coming up this evening (Friday) Jubilee Friday Classic Car Special in the Town Centre with live music and delicious food and drink on offer 4pm-10pm.

On the Saturday sees the street market with the potential addition of a few more stands.

Music and dancing too from Want2Dance in the Market Place too on the afternoon of Saturday 4th June.

Jubilee Jamboree @ The Stock Yard in Scalford Road. It features a weekend of live music, children’s entertainment and Makers Market 8am-5pm.

For more events happening over the weekend please see the new Discover Melton website by clicking here.

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