BEACONS were lit in Newtownabbey on Monday night (June 4) to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The beacons at Carnmoney Hill, Carn Hill and Knockagh formed part of a chain of over 4,500 set alight in the UK, Commonwealth and overseas territories.
The Queen lit the UK’s last beacon - the National Beacon - at around 11pm in London before a spectacular firework display at Buckingham Palace, following the Diamond Jubilee Concert.
Her Majesty triggered the lighting of the final beacon by placing a large crystal into a specially designed pod.
Over 60 beacons were lit across Northern Ireland as part of the Jubilee celebrations.
Mayor Billy Webb ignited the specially constructed beacon on Carnmoney Hill, while the Deputy Mayor Victor Robinson lit the one on Carn Hill.
The Mayor said: “In 2012, the Queen will become the second monarch in British history to celebrate 60 years on the throne.
“The opportunity to witness and celebrate an occasion as unique as this cannot be overstated and it is a privilege to be involved in this landmark occasion. The sight of these beacons added a real sense of occasion to the borough.”
There have been many celebrations across the borough to mark the Diamond Jubilee. Community and civic groups and associations, schools and churches have all organised special events as part of the historic celebrations.
For full coverage of events held across the borough, check out this week’s Times...