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Up and down the country, events have been taking place as part of the platinum jubilee celebrations which mark 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom by Her Majesty the Queen. This weekend sees something we have never witnessed before, an unprecedented anniversary celebration culminating in a bank holiday weekend from this Thursday, June 2 until Sunday, June 5.

The media is full of stories of fundraising events and street parties across the country. Patriotic bunting is everywhere, shop windows, offices, gardens and streets are being dressed for the occasion and members of the royal family are also taking cameo roles in the nation’s favourite TV soap, Coronation Street.

To mark the start of the celebrations, beacons will be lit across the country, around 1,500 in all throughout he United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and capital cities of Commonwealth countries.

Rye’s beacon at the top of Udimore Road, sits on high ground on the edge of Rye’s parish and will be lit alongside the others at 9:45 pm. It will be seen from far and wide and is situated there to ensure its visibility.

Unfortunately, Rye News is published on a Thursday night and the alert is sent out the following morning (Friday) so this article is going to be published after the event but we felt it needed to be written to show how Rye is playing its part in the celebrations.

If you did go along to soak up the atmosphere please send your photos in to Rye News. Who knows your picture may feature in the following week’s publication when we will put together a selection of photos taken at all the various highlights and share the local images of this unique anniversary with you.

Image Credits: Rye News library .

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