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Beacons blaze of glory
8:55am Thursday 7th June 2012 in Local news
Flames blazed against the night sky as beacons were lit on Otley Chevin to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Nine beacons were lit on Monday at a ceremony attended by the town council and the Lord Mayor of Leeds.
Councillor Mary Vickers, the Town Mayor of Otley, said: “I am sure you will agree that the beacon lighting was an impressive display that will have really got Otley on the map. I am extremely proud.”
Partygoers at the town’s event in the Marketplace were determined to enjoy themselves. Organisers from Otley Town Council and Otley Town Partnership said they were pleased the event had been a success with the traditional children's party followed by live music. Both organisations thanked all the volunteers at the event - including Mick Turner for his sound engineering expertise in difficult weather conditions, Otley Brass Band, Sally's Army Choir, soloist Liz Frankland and pianist Ann Clark, The Rough N' Ready Boyz, GMC jazz and young rock band Safe House.
Among the other parties being held despite the weather was one at St Giles Church, Bramhope.
A spokeswoman said: “Because of the weather we abandoned an outside lunch and had it in the church hall instead.”
She said more than 200 attended the preceding service conducted by the Rev Janice Smith.
“The final rendition of Land of Hope and Glory accompanied by flag waving and singing almost raised the roof,” she said.
After the service 1950s style food was served on red white and blue tables.
Five pages of jubilee pictures and reports start on page 3.