Platinum jubilee beacons light up the skies across the North West

Beacons lit in Liverpool and Darwen. Credit: PA/Andrew Helliwell

Beacons lit up the skies across the North West last night (2 June) to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

They marked the close of the first day of festivities to celebrate 70 years since the Queen's reign began.

Thousands of people turned out to Darwen tower in Lancashire to see the landmark lit up red, white and blue and a band played outside the Liver building in Liverpool, ahead of the lighting of the beacons there.

The UK has a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark Royal Jubilees, weddings and coronations.

Across the region, communities celebrated the special occasion.

Here's some pictures from cities, towns and villages across the region, who took part in the tradition:

Beacon lit in Oldham.

Beacons were lit outside the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool. Credit: PA
Sefton Girl Guides in Crosby, Merseyside, lighting a Jubilee Beacon with the Mayor of Sefton, on Crosby Beach. Credit: Patrick Trollope
a beacon was lit at the St Ninian’s Church tower in the city of Douglas in the Isle of Man. Credit: Douglas Borough Council

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