Jubilee fever!

Cllr Denise Jeffery and Cllr David Dagger, pictured with Friends of Pontefract Castle, get ready for the Diamond Jubilee with the Beacon that will be lit, to promote the occasion at the Castle..8th May 2012 Picture by Simon Hulme

Cllr Denise Jeffery and Cllr David Dagger, pictured with Friends of Pontefract Castle, get ready for the Diamond Jubilee with the Beacon that will be lit, to promote the occasion at the Castle..8th May 2012 Picture by Simon Hulme

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EXCITEMENT for the Queen’s diamond jubilee is growing as tickets for an official beacon lighting ceremony at Pontefract Castle become available from venues across the district.

The celebrations to mark the Queen’s 60th year on the throne will include a special torch lighting ceremony on June 4 as part of the national jubilee celebrations and a performance from West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.

Wakefield Council announced that 2,000 tickets for the free evening event are available from Pontefract Castle, Pontefract Museum, Pontefract bus station, Wakefield tourist information centre, Ossett library and Hemsworth library until May 27.

Denise Jeffery, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “I am very excited that Pontefract Castle will be part of the national beacon lighting ceremony.

“The castle is an important part of the district’s heritage and has had strong links to the monarchy since becoming a royal castle in 1399.

“Both the events at the castle are free and I encourage everyone wanting to be part of the evening concert to get their tickets as soon as possible. We want to see the castle full of people, getting involved and celebrating together.”

During the day there will be a picnic with entertainment, including face painting, a magician, circus skills workshop, and a bouncy castle, before the ‘Proms in the Castle’ event, which will include the beacon lighting ceremony, fireworks and a concert, starting at 7pm.

Up to ten tickets per person are available for the evening event.

For more information visit www.experiencewakefield.co.uk or www.facebook.com/diamondjubileewakefield for the diamond jubilee facebook page.