THE Mayor of Dudley lit up the night sky last night (Thursday June 2) as part of celebrations to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Councillor Sue Greenaway, the borough's first citizen, lit the beacon at Dudley Zoo and Castle at 9.45pm as part of a chain of principal beacons lighting up the UK.

Other community and commonwealth beacons were lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories as well as in all the capital cities of the Commonwealth.

In Dudley, search lights also shone out from the zoo and at Sedgley Beacon.

The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Sue Greenaway, said: "It was an absolute honour to light the beacon on behalf of the borough at Dudley Zoo and Castle.

"This is an historic moment, and I’m so pleased that we were able to light up the skies above two of the borough’s highest points, so that our communities could share in this celebration.

"With a series of street parties also taking place in the borough this weekend, I wish everyone well as they take part in the celebrations."

In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.