Beacon lighting rounds off weekend of Jubilee events
Tuesday, 5th June 2012.
Haverhill rounded off a lively weekend of celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with the lighting of a beacon on the roof of the parish church lasty night.
A series of activities planned for the weekend received a high level of support, beginning on Saturday when the winners of Haverhill Town Council's J-Factor talent contest performed for shoppers on the market square.
Meanwhile at the new Jubilee Plaza in front of the Leisure Centre the town's MP Matthew Hancock and former MP Richard Spring, now Lord Risby of Haverhill, joined forces to perform the official opening ceremony for the newly remodelled space.
In the evening a crowd of thousands descended on the market square for the special Jubilee open air music, in which the J-Factor winners performed again, along with tribute acts to Queen and The Beatles.
A wet Sunday failed to dampen spirits as the Arts Centre was full for the big screen showing of the Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.
Monday saw street parties around the town,and the day ended with the lighting of the beacon, one of 4,000 nationwide and 80 across Suffolk, carried out by the town mayor Cllr Pat Hanlon on the roof of the church.
It was preceded by a short Jubilee service conducted by the Rector of Haverhill, Canon Ian Finn, along with other representatives of Haverhill Churches Together.
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