Historic beacon on Hove seafront will glow for the city's Platinum Jubilee celebrations and beyond

New LED lighting is being installed to the beacon meaning it can remain lit in the evenings after the Jubilee event

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

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

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A council spokesman said: "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 beacon, on the Western Esplanade near the beach huts in Hove, will be lit on June 2

"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."

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.

The news comes after Wish ward councillors Robert Nemeth and Garry Peltzer Dunn put forward a motion to the full council in July last year.

Wish ward councillors Garry Peltzer Dunn and Robert Nemeth with local lighting designer Eleni Shiarlis

The Conservatives said they secured £15,000 for the Hove Beacon LED lighting in the February Budget and want the project expedited. They called for an LED lighting effect to be installed so the beacon can glow during the Platinum Jubilee national beacon lighting.

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Following the announcement this week, councillor Robert Nemeth said: "Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn and I are looking forward to lighting the Hove beacon on June 2. After years of campaigning, fundraising and persuading, the evening is going to be an occasion to remember."

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 council's 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.”