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In 1977, 2002 and 2012 beacons were lit to celebrate the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

There are four types of beacons which can be lit for historic occasions:

  • A free-standing beacon fuelled by bottle gas
  • A beacon brazier with a metal shield.
  • A bonfire beacon
  • A Bishops Frome strawman

Before lighting the coals, please consider the following safety tips, so any charring remains on your burgers and bangers, and doesn’t spread further! 

Bonfires can be a fire risk, so we would always recommend looking for alternative ways to get rid of your waste. Some areas of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are designated smoke free zones so check if a restriction is placed on your address.

If you do have a bonfire, please make sure you follow our advice:

Everyone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden.

An organised, public fireworks display is much safer and more impressive than setting up your own. Details of public fireworks displays can usually be found in the local newspapers and on the local radio station websites.

Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.

Irresponsible use of fireworks can cause damage to property and do significant harm to people and animals. Not only is there a danger from fireworks exploding, they can also pose a serious fire risk as well.

Members of the public may only use fireworks on private property, such as their back garden. Only licensed professionals can use fireworks in public places.

Sky lanterns (also known as Chinese lanterns) have been known to start fires, which have in some cases developed into major incidents. They are increasingly being banned by local legislation and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service does not support the use of sky lanterns.