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Hadrian's Wall Jubilee Beacon

A community celebration of HM Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee in Gilsland.

Hadrian's Wall Jubilee Beacon

Green Croft Arts worked with other businesses and volunteers in Gilsland Village to create an exciting programme of arts, culture and entertainment to celebrate the unique occasion of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee of which included the Hadrian's Wall Beacons lit along the length of the world heritage site.

Workshops For Hadrian’s Wall Platinum Jubilee Beacon Event 

Monday 23rd May 6:00 - 8.00pm - Lantern Making at Gilsland Youth Club, Gilsland Village Hall. Suitable for children aged 7 upwards

Saturday 28th May  10:00am - 12:00pm - Song For The Commonwealth. Singer and Choir Leader, Lindsay Hannon will teach Song For The Commonwealth which will be sung at the Beacon Lighting Ceremony. 

Saturday 28th May  12:00pm - 2:00pm - Lantern Making. Make a lantern with Green Croft Arts for the community lantern parade or pick up a lantern pack to make at home.  

Gilsland CofE Primary School. Lantern Making (led by Amanda Drago) and Song For The Commonwealth(Lindsay Hannon) workshops for children at Gilsland CofE Primary School. 

Thursday 02 June 2022

Hadrian’s Wall Beacon Event at Gilsland Village Hall & Willowford Farm

7:00 - 9:00pm Swing Dance Taster Session and swing dance band, The House Of The Black Gardenia. Vintage Swing Dance Band featuring Kit Haigh from Green Croft Arts. House of the Black Gardenia brings together the new generation of Newcastle's jazz, blues and swing scene for a raucous revival of old-fashioned good times.

9:00 - 9:30pm Community Lantern Parade. Follow the band New Orlean’s Style from Gilsland Village Hall, up to Willowford Farm.

9:35pm Bagpiper, Allen Clement plays Diu Regnare 

Allen is a prize winning solo piper who has played with various pipe bands over the years, including The Vale of Atholl and Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary bands. Allen’s cousin, Stuart Liddell, composed Diu Regnare as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee, June 2022. 

9:40pm Lara Hopper - Trumpet Majesty

9:50pm Song Of The Commonwealth led by Lindsay Hannon 

9:45pm Light beacon / brazier (made by DNV Spadeadam). Beacon lit by the oldest & youngest members of the community. Alfie Barwick and Ivan Riddell

10:00pm Fireworks 

Saturday 4th June 2022

1.00 - 4.00pm The Big Afternoon Tea Street Party at Gilsland CofE Primary School 

Come and get to know neighbours a bit better. Bring a cake, biscuits or sandwiches to share. Join in with family friendly fun, games, arts and crafts activities. Story telling with Sarah Glover and puppet show Puppet Zoo from Puppetuity.

7.00 - 11.00pm - Old Skool Disco at Gilsland Village Hall 

Expect smoke machines, strobes and music from the 50's, 60’s, 70’ all the way up to the present day.

The Creative Team

Creative Producer

Amanda Drago

Choir Leader 

Lindsay Hannon

Lantern Artists 

Amanda Drago

Kate Gilman Brundrett

Sound & Lighting Technician

Kit Haigh


House Of The Black Gardenia

Allan Clement

Lorna Clement

Lara Hopper



Story Teller 

Sarah Glover  

Partners & Supporters 

Gilsland Village Hall 

Hadrian's Wall 1900 Festival

Jez Light, Beacon Master, Hadrian's Wall 

House Of Meg 

The Bumble Bar

Gilsland CofE School

PTA, Gilsland CofE School

DNV Spadeadam

Lauren Harrison and Liam McNulty, Willowford Farm

An amazing evening! Thank you for pulling it together.

Nic Redman, Chair PTA, Gilsland COfE School.

Proud as punch to have played at this local event, in honour of the Platinum Jubilee, accompanied by my daughter on the tenor drum.

Allen Clement, Bagpiper

Great dancing & I had a such good night watching the parade.

Yvonne Close, Resident

81 people participated in 3 lantern making workshops and we gave out 24 lantern packs for people to make at home. 10 community members and 26 school children learned the Song For The Commonwealth. 90 people watched the band and another 350 people joined us for Lantern Parade. Around 70 people attended the Street Party. We had support from over 20 volunteers.

Thank You

Gilsland Platinum Jubilee Celebrations were financially supported by Arts Council England's Let's Create Jubilee fund distributed by Tyne and Wear Community Foundation, Northumberland County Council's Platinum Jubilee Fund, Thirlwall & Upper Denton Parish Councils and Haltwhistle Town Council.

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