The buildings in Hartlepool which will be lit up to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Sunday February 6 marks the date Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne 70 years ago, making her the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

Instead, Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place in early June.

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The buildings in Hartlepool will be lit up this weekend to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Two landmarks in Hartlepool will however be lit up this weekend to mark the February anniversary.

Firstly, on Saturday February 5, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne, Hartlepool Borough Council will light up the Hartlepool Art Gallery between 6pm and 9pm.

Then on Sunday, February 6 – again between 6 and 9 p.m. – the council will light up St Hilda’s Church, on the promontory.

Residents are encouraged to share photos on social media using the hashtags #PlatinumJubileeHartlepool and #HM70Hartlepool.

St Hilda’s Church was illuminated again during the Wintertide festival.

The events and initiatives will continue over the next few months and culminate in a four-day UK Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.

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Councilor Brenda Loynes, Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, said: ‘I hope the people of Hartlepool will enjoy seeing these two monuments lit up to mark this remarkable occasion and to celebrate the incredible commitment and dedication of Her Majesty The Queen. .

“The June four-day bank holiday weekend will provide us with a unique opportunity to celebrate our wonderful Queen and we will be lighting our beacons and hosting a number of events at Elephant Rock, our brand new outdoor community events space on the promontory.

Councilor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, added: ‘The Queen has been a wonderful servant to the UK, Realms and Commonwealth and it is great that we can begin our own celebrations of her reign in this way. . .

“There’s a lot more to come later in the year, but it’s a great way to start celebrating such a unique occasion.”

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