Towns and villages to come alight for Queen’s 90th

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Queen Elizabeth ANL-160418-104701001

Towns and villages across south Lincolnshire will take part in a national beacon lighting ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday.

Pinchbeck, Holbeach and Long Sutton will all participate in the ceremony that has been used for decades to celebrate landmark events in the royal calendar.

Donington and Surfleet will also use their beacons to mark Queen Elizabeth’s milestone birthday.

Judy Chapman, a Surfleet parish councillor, said: “This is an opportunity for residents young and old to get together to celebrate this special occasion.”

The Queen will light the principle beacon at Windsor Castle, joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

More than 1,000 beacons will then be lit throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and the UK’s overseas territories.

For the first time in history, members of the Army Cadet force will also light beacons at the top of the UK’s four highest peaks – Ben Nevis in Scotland, England’s Carfell Pike, Mount Snowdon in Wales and Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.

The last major beacon ceremony was in June 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Pinchbeck: Parish Council chairman Andrew Chamberlain will light the beacon on top of St Mary’s Church at 8.30pm.

Holbeach: The Wignals 
Gate beacon will be lit at 7.30pm. Holbeach Town Band will play celebration music and refreshments will be available.

Surfleet: Beacon will be lit at Glen Park at 8pm. Complementary soup and soft drinks will be served.

Donington: Celebrations at Thomas Cowley High School from 2-4pm.

Long Sutton: Winfrey Park beacon will be lit at 8pm. Refreshments will be served by the Royal British Legion.