Beacons will light up the sky across Midlothian as part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Soutra and the Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend are two of the chosen locations for the beacons which will be set alight between 22:00 and 22:30 on Monday 4 June.

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They will be part of a network of 2,012 beacons lit by communities and individuals across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Other beacons in Midlothian may also be visible on the evening.

The celebrations, from Saturday 2 June to Tuesday 5 June, will also include a special thanksgiving church service at St Nicholas Buccleuch Church in Dalkeith on the Saturday. Invited guests will join local people, including teachers, cadets, scouts, guides, boys and girls' brigades and many others.

Local people are also being encouraged to come along to Vogrie Country Park on Sunday 3 June between mid-day and 17:00 for a Jubilee Park Party, Picnic and Performance. There will be teas and cakes, music, arts and crafts, campfire cooking and, hopefully, some sunshine.

Alternatively, local people could organise their own street parties or picnic lunches with friends and neighbours as part of The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 3 June. A record number of people are expected to take part in the event.

Anyone who is planning a street party should contact Midlothian Council well in advance to seek the appropriate licensing permissions, if required. Residents should notify the council if they plan either to light a beacon or hold a 'Big Jubilee Lunch' in a location that is not privately owned.

Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, Patrick Prenter, said the events, to mark 60 years of Queen Elizabeth's reign, are a chance for local residents to join in the spirit of neighbourliness, friendship and fun within the community.

He said; "Last year the Royal Wedding captivated people across the UK. The Diamond Jubilee looks set to be a relaxing and enjoyable weekend given the scale and number of events that are happening in all parts of the UK."

Sunday's highlights also include the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant with a flotilla of more than 1,000 boats led by Her Majesty's personal barge. A BBC concert at Buckingham Palace will take place on the Monday and a Thanksgiving Service and Carriage Procession by the Queen will take place on Tuesday 5 June.

For licensing queries contact Rosemary Walsh at Midlothian Council on 0131 271 3157.