Hove beacon to be lit for Platinum Jubilee

Posted On 27 Apr 2022 at 1:11 pm

Hove Beacon by Paul Gillett from geograph.org.uk

The beacon on Hove seafront will glow once again as part of the city’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The beacon, on the Western Esplanade near the beach huts, will be lit on Thursday 2 June, beginning a weekend of celebrations in the city to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Work has already started to install new LED lighting to the beacon, as part of a joint project between the council’s arts development and street lighting teams and a local lighting designer Eleni Shiarlis.

As well as marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the beacon with its new lighting will continue to illuminate the seafront in the evenings, making the area safer and more attractive for residents and tourists after dark.

Councillor Martin Osborne, co-chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee, said: “It will be wonderful to see the Hove Beacon shine out over the seafront once more, as we join the national celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“It’s also fitting that the project will have a lasting legacy, creating an improved and safer seafront for our residents and visitors.”

The tower, with its distinctive fire basket, is a replica of the original beacon, erected as part of a national network to warn of invasion from the Spanish Armada.

The lighting of the beacons along the south coast was a sign for communities to gather weapons and prepare their defences for an enemy attack.

The Hove Beacon was last lit, along with the other beacons in the Sussex chain, in 1988 to mark the 400th anniversary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

  1. mark Reply

    What a waste of time and money. The rest of the prom looks old abused and dirty. Perhaps donate the money to the local food bank and send a letter to the Queen advising this is happening under your reign in its platinum year under a Conservative Government full of sleaze and corruption.

  2. Jason Reply

    Good idea Mark. I couldn’t agree more.

  3. Hove Guy Reply

    And just in case Hove seafront is not dreary enough, this just adds to its sheer ugliness. How the council loves to waste taxpayers’ money on these pathetic vanity projects, while ignoring all the vandalism and graffiti elsewhere. As for the council’s arts development, did none of its members ever study art and design?

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