A SCOTTISH events group have been honoured with the responsibility of supplying the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons.
Established in 1999, 21CC Group produce major events around the country for corporate groups, festivals, local authorities, and private clients.
Inspired by the Crown Jewels used at the 1953 coronation, the company, based outside Edinburgh, is making a coronet beacon, which will pay tribute to the monarch at beacon events around the UK, the Commonwealth and the world.
As an official supplier of beacons to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons, 21CC Group‘s Beacons will be among the thousands lit by communities, charities and other groups across the country and overseas territories in June’s four-day Jubilee Weekend.
The company will also be the official supplier of the beacon for Lambeth Palace in north Lambeth, London, the official residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The beacons, which will be lit at 9.45pm on June 2nd, will provide the public and community groups with an official way of joining in celebrations marking HM The Queen’s 70 years as Monarch.
The beacons themselves stand 2.2m high, will burn for approximately one hour using two 13kg standard propane gas cyclinders and will cost £490 +VAT.
Geoff Crow, Director of 21CC Group, says the company is honoured to play its part: “This is a time when the whole country and the commonwealth will have the chance to acknowledge the amazing achievement of a 70-year reign.
“It’s something no other Monarch has reached and certainly the only one many will experience in their lifetime.
“To be involved in this historic moment is something very special.
“We wanted to design and produce a beacon that was suitably regal, reflecting an emblem that has stood the test of time and are thrilled to be chosen to help mark this unique historical event.”
The Beacon, in the form of a platinum-coloured coronet, features crosses and fleur de lis, echoing those on the Imperial State Crown traditionally worn by the new monarch as they leave Westminster Abbey.
It also incorporates scrolls, historically used by members of the Royal Family to convey messages, symbolising the beacons as an official communication instrument of a royal celebration.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons, says: “I am delighted that the 21CC Group are one of our official suppliers for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons.
“They look amazing when lit, and will provide those using them with a first-class product that will help those wishing to take part in this special tribute to Her Majesty The Queen.”
In 2012, beacons supplied by 21CC Group for the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations lit up iconic landmarks around the UK and abroad, including Edinburgh Castle, the tallest peaks of the four UK nations and the Aberdare National Park in Kenya.
The company says the beacons project is a welcome stimulus for the business, whose industry has suffered hugely from pandemic-related restrictions.
Geoff Crow added: “As we turn the corner after two years of Covid affecting the events sector, we are really looking forward to seeing people from across the entire world joining together for this occasion and using our beacons.
“Creating celebrations and bringing people together is what we do best.”