MINUTES before Her Majesty the Queen lit the national Diamond Jubilee beacon outside Buckingham Palace on Monday night, Upton’s 11-year-old Katherine Dewar did the same in Christleton.
Katherine, who won a Blue Peter competition to design the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee emblem, was at the Freemason’s Hall, Cheshire View, to light one of the national Jubilee beacons to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
More than 4,200 Jubilee beacons were lit all over the world.
Katherine attended the event with sister Eleanor, eight, dad David and mum Debbie.
Assistant provincial grand master George Mann opened proceedings at 6.30pm and Katherine lit the beacon at 10.26pm, following a countdown from the assembled crowd, who then sang the National Anthem.
Entertainment was provided by The Peninsula Jazz Band, The Reflections and the Kelsborrow Choir and Guilden Sutton Scouts , The Army Benevolent Fund and several charities ran stalls.
The Chester Vintage Enthusiasts Club showed vintage cars and the hamburger and ice cream stalls did a roaring trade.