Stirling’s new Provost hopes local residents enjoy some “right Royal celebrations” this week for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Stirling Castle provides the backdrop for a graphic promoting a ceremonial beacon lighting by Provost Douglas Dodds to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

In his first official public duty as Provost, Cllr Douglas Dodds will light a beacon at Stirling Castle this Thursday, marking the start of a weekend full of national events.

Stirling’s beacon will join a planned 2,022 others, including one at Buckingham Palace, as communities across the UK, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories celebrate the Monarch’s 70th year on the throne.

Lighting beacon an honour

Provost Dodds said: “It’s a real honour to take on a role like this in my first public duty as Provost.

“Stirling has a proud tradition of celebrating Her Majesty the Queen and 70 years on the throne is just an astonishing, incredible achievement. The beacon is a great way to symbolise her positivity and longevity as Monarch.

“I know there are lots of Stirling residents looking forward to some traditional celebrations, either with their friends and families or with their wider communities. No matter how you’re taking part, I hope you have some right Royal celebrations and enjoy the day.”

Private event

The beacon lighting will be a private event, with coverage on Stirling Council’s social media channels.

Stirling Council staff have been given an extra day’s annual leave if they wish to join in the celebrations on Friday 3 June.

Some services may be reduced but operational services like waste collection will continue as normal.

An interactive map of events across the country can be viewed on the official Platinum Jubilee website.