08 September
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Council Executive approved West Lothian joining other areas around the UK in lighting a beacon, with employees granted an additional day of annual leave.

A meeting of the Education Executive also voted to seek permission from the Scottish Government to close schools and early learning and childcare establishments on Friday 3 June 2022. The Scottish Government previously asked all councils to ensure that pupils are able to take part in the celebrations.

Leader of West Lothian Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: "I'm delighted to confirm plans to allow West Lothian to celebrate Her Majesty, The Queen's Platinum Jubilee on 3 June 2022 

"The Queen is the UK's longest serving monarch, with events being organised around the world to mark this incredible landmark.

"The beacon at Beecraigs Country Park was installed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and will be lit along with beacons throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories as well as the capital cities of the Commonwealth countries.

"By closing schools and allowing staff an extra day's holiday, it will make sure as many people as possible in West Lothian are able to join the jubilee celebrations planned over the weekend, if they wish."

Consideration will also be given to any other engagements to take place during the Platinum Jubilee weekend, which will be agreed by the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Provost and Leader of the Council.

Consultation on an additional day's leave for employees has been undertaken with the council's recognised Trade Unions, with similar arrangements put in place for staff as adopted for the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012.