Platinum Jubilee: Girlguiding Sheffield members set to light beacon to celebrate Queen's anniversary

Members of a girls’ and young women’s charity in Sheffield will join their counterparts from around the UK in lighting beacons for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Tuesday, 17th May 2022, 3:50 pm
Updated Friday, 27th May 2022, 11:06 am

Girlguiding Sheffield will light a beacon in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

The event, to be held at Whiteley Woods Outdoor Activity Centre, Sheffield, is exclusive to Girlguiding Sheffield volunteers who are coming together to celebrate the special occasion.

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With celebrations under way for Queen Elizabeth ll's Platinum Jubilee, Sheffield Girlguiders will light beacons in celebration. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

This is an opportunity for Girlguiding members and volunteers to celebrate the friendships they have made through the charity, and also their patron’s reign. The beacon-lighting event will be followed by a County of Sheffield Girlguiding camp, open to all young members and adult leaders.

An impressive 70 beacons in total will be lit by members and volunteers of Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women – one to mark each year the Queen has spent on the throne.

Sheffield Guide Aaliyah, aged 13, said: “I’m excited to be lighting a fire for the Queen because It feels really special to have been chosen to light a beacon for her and I really like going to campfires.”

Girlguiding leader Rachel said: “We’re all really looking forward to coming together with fellow Girlguiding members, our family, friends and our communities to be a part of the upcoming Jubilee beacon celebrations. The Queen has a long history with Girlguiding - as a Guide herself and as our patron, making this historic celebration feel that extra bit special.”

The Queen has a long-standing personal history with Girlguiding, first joining as a Guide in 1937, aged 11, alongside her then seven-year-old sister, Princess Margaret, as a Brownie.