Crawley beacon will be repaired for D-Day anniversary

The beacon in Tilgate Park is being repaired in time to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.
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The news was shared during a meeting of Crawley Borough Council following a written question from Conservative leader Duncan Crow.

Mr Crow’s question reminded people how a technical hitch with the beacon meant the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 was celebrated with light bulbs rather than flames.

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He said the event had been ‘very underwhelming and attracted much public ridicule’ and asked: “Will every effort be made in advance to get it right this time?”

Tilgate Park Beacon. Image: GoogleMapsTilgate Park Beacon. Image: GoogleMaps
Tilgate Park Beacon. Image: GoogleMaps

Sue Mullins, cabinet member for community engagement & culture, responded: “The parks team and events officer have already been working together on the planning of the 80 years of D-Day event, which will take place in Tilgate Park on the evening of June 6, with the lighting of the beacon, speeches and entertainment.

“The gas-lit beacon is being repaired and will be lit for this commemoration.”

Further details about the event will be released closer to the date.