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Jubilee beacon lit on top of Dudley Castle
11:13pm Monday 4th June 2012 in Local
Mayor of Dudley, Cllr Melvin Mottram, and the country's youngest Olympic torch bearer, Dominic MacGowen from Halesowen, light the Diamond Jubilee beacon atop the 11th century Dudley Castle.
A HALESOWEN schoolboy lit a beacon on top of Dudley Castle this evening as part of national celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Dominic Macgowen, who will be celebrating his 12th birthday tomorrow (Tuesday), is the youngest Olympic torchbearer in the country and will carry the flame in the relay on July 1st in Birmingham.
He did the official honours for the Dudley Borough alongside the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Melvyn Mottram, shortly after 10.15pm.
The VIP event, organised by Dudley Council, formed the chain of fire being lit on hill tops and historic locations around the country and commonwealth, between 10pm and 10.30pm, before the Queen lit the final beacon in London at the close of the Jubilee concert in The Mall.
Speaking after the lighting, Dominic, a year seven pupil at Leasowes Community College, said: “It was a brilliant experience. It was also a great honour to meet the mayor.
Dudley Zoo’s chief executive, Peter Suddock, also led the assembled group in three cheers for Her Majesty, which was accompanied by the calls of the site’s peacocks.
Watch a video of the lighting below