September 29th, 2016

Beacons to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

Beacons to mark Queen’s 90th birthday Beacons to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

BEACONS will be lit across the district to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Mayor Coun Tessa Bates will be joined by Stratford District Council Chairman, Mike Gittus for the official ceremony on Thursday (April 21).

Members of the public are invited to attend the event at Monument Field on Welcome Hills from 7pm with the beacon being lit by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Timothy Cox at 8pm.

Entrance is via Maidenhead Road and guests are reminded to bring a torch and wear suitable footwear.

Marshals will be on duty to guide visitors to and from the viewing area and to distribute free glow sticks.

Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton Joint Parish Council will also be lighting its beacon at Oldham’s Bank Community Orchard near the Jubilee Oak at 8.30pm.

The Queen – accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall – is expected to light the principal beacon at Windsor Castle.

More than 1,000 beacons will then be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, overseas territories and a Commonwealth country to celebrate the landmark birthday.

Beacons will be lit at churches, on farms, country parks, village greens and on country estates.

Lighthouses, National Trust and English Heritage properties are also taking part.

And the Army Cadet Force are hoping to take special gas-fuelled beacons to the top of the UK’s four highest peaks – Ben Nevis in Scotland, Mount Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.

The beacons on top of the four peaks will be lit at 7.15pm with all other beacons expected to be lit by 8.30pm.

Bruno Peek, pageant master of the Queen’s 90th Birthday beacons, said: “It has been a enormous privilege to organise this amazing community event to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

“I am delighted to see so many different organisations playing their part.”

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