3 Jun 2012

Jubilee beacons to be lit in NZ

8:57 am on 3 June 2012

Beacons are being lit in New Zealand as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations this weekend.

More than 4000 beacons are being lit in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

Marlborough will host the first lighting of a beacon, at 6am on Monday at the Blenheim South Rotary lookout.

Organiser Jeff Sewell from the Blenheim South Rotary club has received dispensation from the pageant master in Britain to begin the lighting earlier than the official 10pm start time.

Scouts New Zealand is organising six lightings in Christchurch and its regional manager says the beacons are being placed along the New Brighton coastline.