Hundreds of people gathered at Peel Tower on Holcombe Hill to see a beacon being lighted in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The beacon was lit on Peel Tower at 9.45pm on Thursday, June in honour of the Queen sitting on the throne for 70 years.

People could see the beacon from all around Bury with people from Ramsbottom, Affetside and Tottington seeing the glow from the hill.

As well as the lighting of the beacon, a piper played Diu Regnare (Long reign) written especially for the Platinum Jubilee at 9.35pm.

The Greater Manchester Army Cadets Corp of Drums then played Majesty, also written especially for the Jubilee at 9.40pm.

The event was organised by the Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force and Sir Warren Smith, Her Majesty the Queen’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, arrived at Holcombe Moor to meet the cadets who were to attend the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee beacon.

Sir Warren proceeded to light the Jubilee Beacon watched by our Hon Col Sharman Birtles JP DL Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Commandant Col Catherine Harrison, cadets, staff and hundreds of members of the public who came to witness the lighting of the historic Platinum Jubilee Beacon.

More that 1,500 beacons were lit up in celebration with many of them taking place in Greater Manchester and the Northwest including Oldham, Manchester and Liverpool.

The Queen was the first to light a beacon at Windsor Castle which then triggered the lighting of Jubilee Beacons across the UK at 9.45pm.

Many Bury councillors were in attendance at Holcombe Hill as well as Bury North MP James Daly.

He said: “The Platinum Jubilee celebrations were marked with the lighting of beacons right across the country.

“I joined a large group of residents at the lighting of the official beacon for our borough at Peel Tower.

“It was a really special moment as so many people came together to celebrate Her Majesty and take in the spectacular views out across the best constituency in the country.”