Beacon for Weighton


A BEACON will burn brightly in Market Weighton to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

The town council is in the process of ordering a gas powered ‘Church Tower Beacon’ specially designed to complement the Queen’s jubilee over the 5 June.

It is part of a national initiative suggested by a government committee which will see towns and cities across the country light their beacons at designated times.

Market Weighton town councillors are now deciding where to place the £300 beacon and town Mayor, Coun Peter Hemmerman, said he hoped it would provide a memorable focal point for residents and visitors.

“There are other things in the pipeline,” he said. “I know the civic society have got some ideas, and we are hoping to have the beacon as a recognition of the jubilee occasion.

“It is a good thing for Market Weighton to be a part of.”

The beacon’s burner unit is the in shape of a diamond. It is powered by two gas cylinders which can keep it burning for up to an hour at a time.

The whole unit has a maximum height of around 2.15 metres and the flame is stable in the wind.

Discussions are ongoing among town councillors as to where to place the beacon, with two possible locations being on the green near the Giant Bradley statue or near the duck pond.