Irthlingborough to light beacon for Queen’s 90th birthday

The Queen
The Queen

A beacon will be lit in an East Northamptonshire town as part of national celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, will light the Principal Beacon on Thursday, April 21, at Windsor Castle.

This will be followed by the lighting of a number of beacons along the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, including one at the Copper Horse, and then more than 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and a Commonwealth Country to celebrate this landmark birthday.

Many different organisations are taking part from all areas of the local community by lighting beacons, including town, parish and community councils and youth organisations.

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

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

Irthlingborough Town Council is taking part in this tribute to The Queen by lighting a beacon at the Crow Hill Recreation Ground, Fettledine Road.

The ceremony will take place at 8pm on Thursday, April 21, beginning with the singing of the National Anthem.

This will be followed by the reading of a personal message from The Prince of Wales, and the lighting of the official beacon.

Pageantmaster for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons Bruno Peek said: “It has been a enormous privilege to be able 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.”

Other organisations which will be lighting beacons in the county include Northamptonshire County Council, Little Addington Parish Council, Corby Council, Thrapston Town Council, Raunds Town Council, Wilbarston Parish Council and Rushden Town Council.