Hundreds turn out for beacon

Beacon lighting in Kimberley for Queen's 90th
Beacon lighting in Kimberley for Queen's 90th

Hundreds of people gathered in Kimberley to light a beacon and mark the Queen’s 90th birthday last week.

Led by Kimblerley Town Council, the event attracted crowds of people who came to see the beacon lit at the chapel on the hill.

The local Scouts and Cubs paraded from the Broomhill Road entrance to the chapel and formed a colour party at the event.

Life long Kimberley resident Jean Brunt, who used to play the organ at the chapel years ago, played the national anthem and there was a reading published by the Prince of Wales that was read out by Chairman of Kimberley Town Council, Roy Plumb.

At 8.30pm happy birthday was sung to Her Majesty and the beacon was lit by Coun Trevor Rood.

There was also live entertainment by singer song writer Andy Whittle.

Town councillor Steve Brunt said: “We had about 400 poeple turn up, it was brilliant.”

The council used the event as an opportunity to open the chapel up to the public and let them see the restoration works that have recently been done.

Coun Brunt said the locals were very interested to see the inside of the resored chapel.

“We wanted to show people how much progress the council had made on the chapel, and we didn’t have one negative comment.

“People were so pleased that it had been saved from the make-over madness that was proposed a couple of years ago.

“It’s a place of solace for people and we’re so pleased they liked it.

“Someone had lived in Kimbreley 60 years and had never been inside,” added Coun Brunt.

Over recent months the inside of the chapel has been fully restored with new lighting, dipped and varnished pews, restored floors and new windows.

The council, which will place timecapsules from local community groups under the tiles, is now just waiting on the licence for civil ceremonies to take place there. An official opening ceremony has been planned for the end of May.