In 2022 there will be year long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign.
There will be series of Beacon Lighting events across the country on the evening of Thursday 2 June. The Council’s Corporate Management Board proposed that the option of holding a beacon lighting event be given to the charter trustees of Bournemouth.
The Head of Destination and Events presented a report, a copy of which had been circulated to each Member and a copy of which appears as Appendix 'D' to these Minutes in the Minute Book.
The Charter Trustees were advised that throughout the year members of the Royal Family would be travelling around the Country to undertake various engagements and mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. This will culminate in the Platinum Jubilee weekend in June with an extended Bank Holiday from 2-5 June 2022. The Head of Destination and Events reported that part of the celebrations on 2 June 2022 would be the long-standing tradition of lighting beacons. Charter Trustee were advised that there would be a series of beacons lit across the country in a national event. The Council’s Corporate Management Board proposed that the option of holding a beacon lighting event be given to the Charter Trustees of Bournemouth, Poole and the Town Council of Christchurch with applications and management through the events team. The Head of Destination and Events reported that if Charter Trustees supported the event everyone needed to get behind it. He explained that whilst the events team would support the management of the event the cost of the purchasing the beacon estimated at £500 would need to be met by the Charter Trustees. The Charter Trustees were advised that the beacon event could be aligned with another event being held over the extended bank holiday period whilst the main focus was to have a network of beacons across the Country on 2 June.
The Charter Trustees in considering the proposal commented on the siting for the beacon. The Mayor suggested that maybe the end of Boscombe Pier would be a possible location in view of the sight lines. He also highlighted the option for a firework display with the potential for sponsorship from local businesses to be held as part of this event. It was suggested that the firework display could be partly sponsored and partly funded from the Charter Trustees reserves. Councillor Rigby whilst supporting the event asked that an alternative to the fireworks be considered. Councillor Broadhead welcomed the proposal and the funding arrangements for a firework display. He suggested that the beacon could be located on the tower at the end of Bournemouth Pier. Councillor Filer highlighted the historic nature of the Platinum Jubilee and the importance of involving school children in the celebrations.
RESOLVED that the Charter Trustees support the opportunity of holding a Beacon lighting event for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as part of the national beacon lighting event on 2 June 2022 together with a firework display acknowledging that the provision of the beacon would be funded by the Charter Trustees but with organisational support from BCP Council and the funding for the firework display be funded via sponsorship and/or by the Charter Trustees as appropriate.