Aith RNLI will light a beacon for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Aith RNLI, on the west side of mainland Shetland, has announced plans to light a beacon for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of Thursday June 2, 2022.

The beacon is one of thousands lit across the UK and Commonwealth, and is part of the official program announced by Buckingham Palace.

The beacon will be lit opposite the lifeboat station at 9.45pm, and it will be one of more than 2,022 lit by charities, communities and church groups across the UK at exactly the same time. This includes seven RNLI lifesaving stations across the UK and Northern Ireland; Aith in Scotland, Borth in Wales, Port Erin in the Isle of Man, Portrush in Ireland and Staithes & Runswick, St. Mary’s and Dover in England.

In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the lighting of the main beacon will take place at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections on the facade of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of participating in beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history of ‘advocacy for environmental causes’.

Mark Dowie, chief executive of the RNLI, says;

“We are very proud to recognize and celebrate this incredible anniversary of our Patron’s reign. Her Majesty The Queen has been so generously Patron of the RNLI since 1952 and it is only fitting that we are part of one of the events officials marking the Platinum Jubilee this year.We have selected seven locations to represent the RNLI’s 238 lifesaving stations – one from each of our six lifesaving regions, the seventh being on the Isle of Man, home of our founder Sir William Hillary The RNLI has chosen the official Jubilee Beacons event as our flagship commemoration for the Platinum Jubilee in 2022 and the seven lifesaving stations are extremely honored to have been selected to celebrate this historic milestone.

Aith All Weather Lifeboat RNLI Coxswain John Robertson says;

“We are honored to be part of this momentous celebration and to have been chosen to represent the RNLI among the hundreds of other participating organisations. It will be a very important moment throughout the weekend of activities to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and it is fantastic that Aith, the most northerly lifesaving station, is part of it.

Note to Editors

· The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee beacons and associated activities were designed and curated by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek and his dedicated team. For more details and information on participants, see the Participation Guide available at www.queensjubileebeacons.com

Footage of Aith RNLI lighting the beacon at 9.45pm will be available after the event

Timeline of many Beacons lighting, although events may change in some places

oh To 2 p.m. hundreds of town criers and 50 Pearly Kings and Queens will announce a specially written proclamation announcing the lighting of the beacons later in the day.

oh To 9:35 p.m. Local time across the UK and the Commonwealth, Traditional and Northumbrian Pipers and Pipers will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, World’s Best Piper.

oh To 9:40 p.m. buglers linked to local beacon lightings across the UK and Commonwealth capitals will officially announce the lighting of beacons with a specially written bugle call, titled
Majesty.

oh Then to 9:45 p.m. exactly on local time, and to coincide with the lighting of beacons, community choirs from all nations will sing
Song for the Commonwealth, which was written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.

RNLI Media Contacts

For more information please contact

Daniel Lawson, Lifeboat Press Officer for Aith RNLI,
[email protected]

Natasha Bennett, RNLI Regional Media Officer for Scotland, 07826 900639,
[email protected]

Martin Macnamara, RNLI Regional Media Director for Scotland, 07920 365929,
[email protected]

RNLI Press Service on telephone 01202 336789 or
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The charity RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service along the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving service. Since the RNLI’s inception in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.

RNLI Highlights

The charity RNLI saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service along the coasts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The RNLI operates 238 lifeguard stations in the UK and Ireland and over 240 lifeguard units on beaches in the UK and the Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of the coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its lifesaving service. Since the RNLI’s inception in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 142,700 lives.

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