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Diamond Jubilee beacon to be lit on roof of Derby house

  • 6-4-2012

A Derby woman is to light a beacon on the top of her house to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Pamela Bence put herself forward to host one of the city's allocation of beacons after the council advertised for volunteers.

She said every precaution was being taken to make sure the flame was lit safely at 22:15 BST.

About 56 beacons are being lit across Derbyshire as part of a national celebration to mark the occasion.

Mrs Bence's beacon, on top of her home in Liversage Place, is one of several being lit in the city with Spondon, Oakwood and the University of Derby also having one.

Glass of champagne

Mrs Bence said the occasion was an opportunity to promote the community activities group Focus, which she is a member of.

She said: "I originally just planned a bonfire in the garden but then I realised it needed to be higher up so we're going to have a fire basket put on the roof.

"We're being very cautious - we'll have fire board surrounding the basket and extinguishers up there just in case."

Mrs Bence will be joined by other members of the group and will celebrate lighting the beacon with a glass of champagne.

The Derbyshire beacons form part of a national chain of flames being lit between 22:00 and 22:30 BST to mark The Queen's 60 years on the throne.

Other locations hosting beacons around the county include Crich Stand, Riber Castle, Renishaw Hall, Baslow Edge and Poolsbrook Country Park.

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