Thank you to everybody who made our Jubilee weekend such a joy. From our beacon to the Songs of Praise. Thank you for those of you who joined in.

Certificate Awarded to the Village for Contribution to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons


Dear Participants,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the amazing part you played in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on 2nd June, whether you were a Town Crier, Piper, Bugler/Cornet Player, Choir or a private or community Beacon Organiser, for without your involvement The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons and its associated events would not have been the enormous success they were.

TOGETHER, as a worldwide team, we ensured this unique tribute to our unique Queen Elizabeth, showed the world that the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth, along with those who took part from other countries, came together as one, and undertook a celebration party “fit for a Queen,” an occasion that will be fondly remembered by millions upon millions of people for many generations to come.

I don’t mind admitting, when standing next to Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle, London, as she lit her Principal Beacon at 9.45 GMT, a number of tears of joy filled my eyes knowing that you had all played the part you promised, making huge efforts to do so, and I am extremely proud of you all, so again, THANK YOU.

For those that have not already received their Certificate of Grateful Recognition for taking part via email, enabling you to download, print and frame it as a permanent reminder of your involvement in this unique Jubilee, I have pleasure in providing you the download link below.

Click here to download the Platinum Jubilee Certificate

My warmest regards,

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR


The Ukrainian flag is flying at County Hall as a gesture of our support. We have already provided humanitarian support to vulnerable people from Syria and Afghanistan through government resettlement schemes and will do this for Ukrainian nationals, working with partners to ensure County Durham is able to play its part in providing support.

The most effective way you can offer support is via monetary donations, which can be made at www.redcross.org.uk or by calling 0300 023 0820. The Red Cross are advising that they are not sending volunteers or donated goods to the Ukraine at this time and have asked us to point people to contribute through monetary donations, as this enables them to ensure the right support makes its way to those who need it.    Further information is available on the Red Cross website.


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