Northampton will join chain of beacons for Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

A congratulatory beacon will be lit to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in Northampton next month.

Thursday, 24th March 2016, 11:54 am
Updated Thursday, 24th March 2016, 12:14 pm
Northamptonshire County Council is to host a beacon lighting ceremony in Wootton for the Queen's 90th birthday.

Northamptonshire County Council is due to lead the celebrations at Wootton Community and Sports Centre on April 21.

Chairman of the council, Phil Larratt, and HM Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Sir John Robinson, are set to host the beacon lighting from 7.30pm on the day.

Councillor Larratt (Con, Nene Valley) said: “Our country has a tradition of celebrating significant royal occasions with the lighting of beacons and I’m delighted that we’re able to celebrate this momentous milestone of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday in this way.”

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Visitors are advised to get to the centre in Curtlee Hill from 6.45pm.

The beacon will be one of more than 200 which will simultaneously burn throughout the UK from April 21.

Councillor Larratt added: “There’s something very special about being part of this chain of beacons across the country and overseas and it would be great to have as many people along as possible to join in this wonderful occasion.”

UK overseas territories, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man will also be celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday by lighting a beacon.