The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are getting underway, and the iconic Humber Bridge is getting gin on the celebrations with two Union Jack Flags to be flown from the high towers.
This could be the first time that flags have been flown from the record-breaking bridge towers at 510ft (156m) high. They will be raised by Gary “Goose” Cryer, a Parachute Regiment veteran.
The Hessle Town Council has also organised a Jubilee Flotilla, of 70 warships, and a flypast by two Spitfires from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The flypast will be at Victoria Pier in Hull and will signal the start of the flotilla at 7pm.
The flags will be raised on the Humber Bridge’s two towers on the evening of Wednesday, June 1st. With a beacon lit below the bridge on Hessle Foreshore to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Sourced by Hull-based company Hi-Flyers, the flag is said to be the highest flag-flying that owner Nigel Cousins has ever done since running the business for the last 25 years.
BBC reported, that Cousins said: “We have never done a flag above 300ft high and the towers reach 510ft so it will be a high point for us,” he said.
“I don’t know if anybody will be going higher than that for the Platinum Jubilee, but they will certainly be the highest flags in our region and we are very proud to be involved.”
The ceremonial lighting of Jubilee beacons at Hull, Hessle, North Ferriby, Barton and other locations around the estuary is part of an initiative to light 2,022 beacons around the UK.
The 54 Commonwealth capitals will also light beacons as will the Principal Beacon which lighting will take place at Buckingham Palace.