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A Beacon Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held at the Garrison Savannah yesterday evening. The Beacon was escorted by 100 Barbados Boy Scouts in honour of that Association’s centenary. It was lit by Johnovon King and Jamar Millar, recipients of the Chief Scout Award.

 
   

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Beacon lit for Queen’s jubilee

6/5/2012

Thousands of Barbadians turned out to witness the Beacon Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Garrison Savannah yesterday evening.

The Parade was made up of members of the Royal Barbados Police Band, the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), the Barbados Regiment and the Barbados Coast Guard. To begin the ceremony, armed detachments of the Barbados Defence Force depicted Trooping the Colour, accompanied by the Mass Band of the BDF and the Royal Barbados Police Force.

The members of the Parade impressed the crowd with their precise display of drill in both slow and quick time.

Following the Troop of the Mass Band was the official Beacon Lighting Ceremony. The Beacon was escorted by 100 Barbados Boy Scouts in honour of that Association’s centenary. It was lit by Johnovon King and Jamar Millar, recipients of the Chief Scout Award.

The lighting of the Beacon was synchronised with the other 2012 ceremonies taking place across the world, and the seven-foot-tall beacon was therefore lit at precisely 6:30 p.m. The final Beacon was lit by the Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace at 10:30 British Summer Time.

After the lighting, the British National Anthem, God Save the Queen, was played in Salute of the Queen’s 60th year of reign. The tribute continued to the delight of the crowd with a rifle salute described as a running fire of guns used as a show of public celebration.

Following the lighting of the beacon, members of the Royal Barbados Police Force staged an hour-long tattoo, featuring its Mounted Troop, Canine Unit, Special Services Unit and the Motorcycle Division.

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