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Council chairman proud to light beacon for The Queen

Councillors spoke of their immense pride after taking part in Ashfield’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting at St Wilfrid’s Church in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. 

The event was hosted by The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, The Commandery of King Offa.

The beacon was officially lit by new Chairman of Ashfield District Council – Councillor David Walters and Commander of King Offa, Chevalier Mario Rizzardi.

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The beacon was lit by Chairman of Ashfield District Council, David Walters who attended with his Vice Chairman, Dale Grounds and Council Leader, Jason Zadrozny.

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Prayers were given by Reverend Kevin Charles, the Jubilee Fanfare played by Tony Wade, The Grand Marshal’s Jubilee Proclamation by Dr The Chevalier David Knox and the officiating and beacon lighting by The Deputy Bailiff of England and Wales and Commander of King Offa, Chevalier Mario Rizzardi.

Her Majesty sent a letter of thanks that was read out at the ceremony.

Ashfield District Council Leader Jason Zadrozny said, “This was a wonderful event as Ashfield joined millions

across our nation and across the Commonwealth lighting beacons to celebrate our glorious Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Our Queen has giving her life to serving us and on her Platinum Jubilee – it was a fitting celebration to mark her enormous contribution to our country and the wider world.”

Chairman of Ashfield District Council, the Council’s First Citizen said, “There are dozens of events to mark the Queen’s Jubilee across this extended weekend.  The event at St Wilfreds in Kirkby was a beautiful, poignant evening.

“I was proud to light the beacon.  On behalf of the Ashfield District and all its residents – we would like to thank everyone for participating on so many events across our District.”

Ashfield Council are organising a “Big Jubilee Lunch” this Sunday, 5th June on Kingsway Park, Kirkby. The event will run from 11am-3pm with music, fairground games, giant garden games, an ice cream van, and a free face painter available to entertain residents as they enjoy their picnics.

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