Queens Diamond Jubilee Beacons – Newtongrange, Midlothian

National Mining Museum NewtongrangeBraving the chilly night air around 500 people  turned out at the national Mining Museum in Newtongrange, Midlothian to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee and witness the lighting of the beacon atop the winding gear of the Lady Victoria Pit. The enthusiast crowd were entertained by Newtongrange Silver Band and Newtongrange Pipe Band. 

At 9pm the torch was handed over by Newtongrange Gala Day Queen Lauren Kelly,and a group of brave souls climbed the legs of the winding gear to ignite the beacon which was visible for miles around.

Newtongrange Silver Band at National Mining Museum

Newtongrange Silver Band entertain the large crowd

PC Blair Watson

PC Blair Watson, the local community officer, was on hand to assist with the smooth running of the event.

Diamond Jubilee Beacon Newtongrange

Staff from the Mining Museum light the Diamond Jubilee Beacon