HUNDREDS of people attended North Berwick’s beacon lighting ceremony in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last Thursday evening.

The day’s events started with a harbour fête in the afternoon, featuring local businesses and community groups.

At 2pm, Hilary Cochran, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Lothian, read a proclamation to announce the arrival of the jubilee celebrations.

In the evening, hundreds of residents showed their support as the beacon-lighting ceremony began, with Eddie Clark and Lyle Crawford, from North Berwick Pipe Band, performing Diu Regnare.

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This was followed by high school student Will Lucas-Evans performing Majesty on trumpet.

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Mrs Cochran returned to light the beacon as spectators cheered the flame being ignited.

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Julie Loporto then led The Gospel Choir North Berwick as they sang the newly commissioned A Song For The Commonwealth, as well as the Neil Diamond favourite Sweet Caroline.

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Judy Lockhart-Hunter, chairperson of North Berwick Community Council and member of North Berwick Harbour Trust Association, thanked all who attended and made the event possible.

She said: “The beacon lighting in North Berwick went fantastically well.

“Hundreds of people descended all across the harbour to watch the lighting take place and it felt like a really special occasion.

“We had Lyle Crawford and Eddie Clark playing bagpipes and the drum, alongside North Berwick High School student Will Lucas-Evans on trumpet, prior to the lighting, and then the Gospel choir took over from the moment the beacon was lit, which really added to the festivities.

“The North Berwick Youth Project made the official jubilee tarts and attended the ceremony to serve up.

“The jubilee tarts received rave reviews and people have been in touch since to ask for the recipe!

“Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and we were thrilled to have Hilary Cochran, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, present to light the beacon.

"North Berwick Community Council and North Berwick Harbour Trust Association are very proud to have played our part in marking this historic occasion in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen.”