People of the Midlands light their Diamond Jubilee Beacons for The Queen

A fiery crown in the night sky at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham
A fiery crown in the night sky at Holme Pierrepoint in Nottingham Photo: PA

In Nottingham, a Beacon was lit across the water, in Dudley at a Hindu Temple, and in Buxton, one of the smallest schools in the country played their part in the Diamond Jubilee Beacon chain.

The Queen was the last to light her Beacon following the Diamond Jubilee Concert, a little after 10:30pm.

The moment when The Queen lit her Beacon at Buckingham Palace
The moment when The Queen lit her Beacon at Buckingham Palace Credit: PA

It was the finale to a star-studded event organised by Take That's Gary Barlow.

Across the world more than 4,200 Diamond Jubilee Beacons were lit in celebration of The Queen's 60 year reign.

At the National Water Sports Centre, their Beacon was lit over a floating jetty, standing next to a fiery crown with 1952 - 2012 at its base.

"Fantastic to see so many people of all ages celebrating today. It has been a wonderful occasion and a privilege for Nottinghamshire County Council to host this unique event to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee."

– Carol Pepper, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, who lit the Beacon

The evening finished with fireworks, where it's estimated that between six and seven thousand people turned out to watch.

Likewise in Dudley at the Balaji Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Europe, crowds gathered to watch the Beacon being lit.

According to Dr Narayan Rao, the role of the Monarch is hugely important in the Hindu faith, and being a part of the Beacon lighting was a way of showing respect to The Queen.

In the small community of Flash in Buxton, the village of 150 people came out to partake in the Beacon celebrations.

The seven children from Flash Primary School had the honour of pushing the button that lit the Beacon in the highest village in the UK.