Queen to go up in lights at castle

Scarborough Castle which will have images of the Queen projected onto its South facing wall, and below, a beacon similar to the one that will be lit on the viewing platform.
Scarborough Castle which will have images of the Queen projected onto its South facing wall, and below, a beacon similar to the one that will be lit on the viewing platform.
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GIANT images of the Queen are set to be projected on to the walls of Scarborough castle to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

A beacon will also be ignited on Monday June 4 as hundreds of flames are lit across the country in celebration.

Staff from the North Yorkshire Moors National Park at Danby Beacon

Staff from the North Yorkshire Moors National Park at Danby Beacon

The photographs, supplied by the Evening News from the royal visit to the Open Air Theatre in May 2010, will form part of a spectacular 45-minute light display on the monument’s south facing wall.

Although spectators will not be allowed to enter the castle grounds during the event due to safety concerns, they will be able to view the illuminations from across the town – with South Bay beach being recommended as the best vantage point.

Organised by Scarborough Council, in association with English Heritage and P&L Sound and Lighting, the dazzling show will cost more than £5,000 and will be funded by the authority, as well as sponsors.

Scarborough Castle site manager, Peter Bleach, said the show would have a positive impact on the economy as it would encourage tourists to return to the resort.

He said: “We are really proud the council has chosen to have this event at the castle.

“It will be a fabulous show for the people of Scarborough and tourists. We are a tourist town and we depend on visitors coming here and it will prove that we can put on a good show. If they have a good time it will encourage them to come back.”

Initial plans, which would have seen enormous flames projected onto the castle wall, were scrapped after it was felt the move would have been “disrespectful” to the building’s history. The castle has remained a ruin since it was besieged and bombarded during the English Civil War.

Mr Bleach said: “The castle was brought down in flames and a lot of soldiers died up here. It would be massively inappropriate to have flames on the side of the castle. We don’t want to be offensive to the past in any way at all.

“We are proud of our history and we want people to value it but we have to look to the future sometimes and that is what this is about.”

The illuminations, which will be officially switched on by the mayor-elect of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, will begin at 10.15pm.

She said: “The Queen will be only the second British monarch to have served on the throne for 60 years and during her reign she has been an incredible ambassador for this country and the Commonwealth.

“We’re delighted the Scarborough borough is playing its part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee beacons and hope residents and visitors enjoy the display.”

Scarborough Castle started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans and became a Viking settlement before it reached its heyday under Henry II, with the towering 12th-century keep, dominating the approach.

It is the centrepiece of fortifications developed over later centuries in response to repeated sieges - notably by rebel barons in 1312, by Tudor rebels, and twice during the English Civil War.

Though again strengthened with barracks and gun-batteries against Jacobite threats in 1745, the castle failed to defend the harbour against the American sea-raider John Paul Jones in 1779 and was itself damaged by German naval bombardment in 1914. During World War II it played the more covert role of hosting a secret listening post.