Ecclesiastical has recently reconfirmed that insurance cover is in place for churches celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by lighting beacons on 4 June next year.
Thousands of beacons will be lit around the world on the 4 June 2012 to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 year reign over the UK and as head of the Commonwealth. Church Tower beacons will be lit on the battlements of HM Tower of London, St James’s Palace, Lambeth Palace, London, Bishopsthorp Palace, York and at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh as well as Killyleagh Castle in Northern Ireland. Churches across the country have been invited to join in the celebrations and light beacons to commemorate the special event.
John Coates, Direct Insurance Services Director at Ecclesiastical, said:
“The Diamond Jubilee is a momentous event for The Queen and the whole country. We are proud to support this special event and our communities with the celebrations.
“We would like to offer our churches assurance that insurance cover is in place for our treasured places of worship that wish to light beacons on their premises across the country on 4th June 2012. Experts at Ecclesiastical have drawn up specialist advice and guidance for our church customers on the safe use of gas beacons. This guidance is now available on Ecclesiastical’s website at www.ecclesiastical.com/churchmatters.
“In order to ensure the celebrations run smoothly and are a success, we only ask Ecclesiastical’s church customers to let us know about any plans they have for lighting beacons and holding events on their premises on 4th June 2012. This way we are able to offer them tailored risk management advice and further guidance.
“If you’re an Ecclesiastical church customer planning to light a beacon on your premises to mark the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee and have questions about your specific existing insurance cover for this under your policy with us, please call us on 0845 777 3322 to inform us of your plans to light a beacon and get advice on your insurance cover.
“As a specialist heritage insurer Ecclesiastical is a great supporter of our nation’s history and events of historic significance, so we are glad we are able to offer our support to this important event.”