Publish date: 24 March 2022

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT has been chosen to light the official beacon for the NHS to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and is working with teams at Tameside College to make it a very special event …

Welding students at the College are being given old and broken hospital beds and, with the help of design colleagues, will fashion them into a crown-shaped beacon fit for the occasion. And instead of the traditional gas flame, and in keeping with the Trust’s green agenda -  the distinctive blue of the NHS will shine across the giant metal sculpture in a spectacular laser and light display.

Trust Chief Executive, Karen James OBE says it’s a great honour to have been chosen to fly the flag for the NHS at such an important event in our history. She says : “We will never see an occasion quite like it again. A platinum anniversary is a remarkable achievement and to be a key part of it is wonderful for both the Trust and the College. Planning is underway to make it a night to remember.”

College Principal, Jackie Moores, says she was delighted when the Trust approached her to get involved. She adds: “Our welding and design students are excited to be asked to create a unique beacon which will be worthy of such a royal occasion. It will be something they will be able to tell their children in years to come, that they made a metal beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee to celebrate our wonderful NHS.”

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Beacons, said:  “I am thrilled that the spotlight will be on Tameside and that the NHS and college students will come together to create something stunning and unique. The Queen has been a light to the country for 70 years and this will be a fitting tribute to her extraordinary reign.”

The Tameside beacon will be one of over 1,500 from across the UK and the Commonwealth being lit on Thursday 2 June 2022.