Big Lunches and blazing beacons for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Herefordshire

There will be an opportunity for everyone in Herefordshire to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year with Big Lunches taking place and jubilee beacons being lit in all corners of the county.

A special four-day Diamond Jubilee bank holiday – Saturday June 2 to Tuesday, June 5 – will give people plenty of time to share lunch with their neighbours and light beacons to mark the celebrations.

“This is a celebration for the whole of the UK and I hope people in Herefordshire will get excited and get involved,” said Cllr Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council.

“In the UK around 10 million people came out in 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee. We’re hoping that here in Herefordshire thousands of people will join in with the Big Lunch which takes place on Sunday, June 3.

“It’s an opportunity to get together and celebrate in whatever way you want to.

“What’s so special about holding a Big Lunch is that you invite your local community and you can hold the event wherever you want, decide your own theme and decide what kind of food you want – it’s entirely up to you.

“People are the key ingredient to make the event a success,” added Cllr Barnett.

The following day, on Monday, June 4, plans are afoot to have 2012 beacons nationwide lighting up the sky to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Cllr Barnett has written to parish councils in Herefordshire encouraging them to get involved and light a beacon.
“It’s important to register as those behind the celebrations need to know how many beacons there are as they want to get 2,012 of them,” said Cllr Barnett.

Anyone wanting more information about holding a Big Lunch should log on to

To find out more about organising a beacon, visit