National Beacon Lighting Ceremony
9.15pm on 6th June – Ripon Cathedral forecourt

Lighting the Beacon Ceremony

The International 80th Anniversary D-Day Beacon will be lit in Normandy at 8.15pm (British Summer Time), at the British Normandy Memorial overlooking Gold Beach, with the other Beacons located on Utah, Omaha, Juno and Sword beaches being lit at 8.30pm BST, followed by the Principal United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man Beacon at Portsmouth, England at 9.15pm BST. As the Beacons are lit, all communities in France and the UK are being asked to stop what they are doing and undertake The International Tribute. We are delighted to announce Jack Churchill (Sir Winston Churchill’s great grandson) will be lighting the beacon on the City’s behalf, paying tribute to those who gave so much to enable us to enjoy the many years of peace and freedom we have enjoyed since the Second World War.

Visit the D-Day 80 Beacon website HERE

The lighting will take place on the cathedral forecourt at 9.15pm on 6th June.

Please note – due to the number of people likely to be in attendance, there will be a road closure in place and parking will be limited. More details available HERE

The Beacon has been refurbished by local firm Hutchinson’s Fabrications.

They specialise in sheet metal, agricultural repairs, welding and wrought iron fabrication. Serving both business and residential customers across North Yorkshire and the North East.

Founded by Alfred Hutchinson in 1963, Hutchinson’s has continued to grow over the years, serving a wide range of clients across a number of sectors including domestic, agricultural, construction and manufacturing industries.

They also have a shop which is open to the public, offering a wide range of products from

  • Paint, thinners, rollers & brushes
  • Buckets
  • Lubricants
  • Mole traps
  • Range of tools (sockets, spanners, hammers etc)
  • Welding supplies (rods, mig wire etc)
  • Wrought iron components
  • Nuts & bolts, tech screws, fixing bolts, nails & screws
  • Full range of grinding & cutting discs
  • Shovels, gripes, spits, sledge hammers & axes
  • Rope, wire rope & fittings
  • Water pipe & water pipe fittings
  • Hand cleaner & paper towels
  • Lighting boards
  • …and much more

The shop is open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am to 12pm on Saturday. 

For more details, please visit their website