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PREPARATIONS are already well under way for Scarborough’s Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

The Palace hopes that 2,012 beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Commonwealth and UK Overseas Territories, on June 4 to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Scarborough Council, in partnership with English Heritage, hopes to lead the way with a beacon ceremony at Scarborough Castle to mark the milestone, though discussions are still ongoing and a budget has yet to be finalised.

Officers have also been working with communities to encourage them to hold street parties in honour of Her Majesty.

The Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr John Blackburn, is appealing for villages and community groups across the Scarborough, Whitby and Filey area to get behind the celebrations and help achieve a target of 42 beacons lit in North Yorkshire.

He said: “The Queen will be only the second British monarch to have served on the throne for 60 years which is a quite remarkable achievement.

“She has reigned throughout some of the most profound moments in history and witnessed great change in society.

“Over the years I think she has been a steadying influence on this country and the Commonwealth and I think one of her greatest legacies will be the transformation of the monarchy, making it more relevant and fit for the 21st century.

“In my view these national celebrations are entirely justified and I hope residents in the borough will take a lead from this council and mark the jubilee, either by lighting a beacon of their own or organising other celebrations.”

In due course Scarborough Borough Council will be sending a “Guide to Taking Part” in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons to all town and parish councils in the area.

The booklet will also be available online via www.scarborough.gov.uk so individual groups can hold their own celebrations.

It sets out how residents can build their own beacons, as well as a registration form which must be returned before the end of April next year.

The Palace says residents can use their beacon lighting event as a private celebration for family and friends, or open their event to the public.

All those taking part, private or public, will have their beacon location listed in the special book that will be given to The Queen after the event.