Newton Abbot Town Council News
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 to Celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday on Thursday 21st April.
To celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the Principal Beacon on 21st April 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 over 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, National Trust and English Heritage properties are also taking part.
The Army Cadet Force are taking special gas fuelled Beacons to the top of the Four Highest Peaks in the UK:
. Ben Nevis – Scotland (1st Battalion Highlanders Army Cadet Force)
. Mount Snowdon – Wales (Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force)
. Scafell Pike – England (Cumbria Army Cadet Force)
. Slieve Donard – Northern Ireland (2nd NI Battalion Army Cadet Force)
Bruno Peek, LVO, OBE, OPR, Pageantmaster, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons 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.”
The Beacons on top of the Four Peaks will be lit at 7.15pm with all other Beacons being lit at 8.30pm that evening.
Newton Abbot will be joining in the celebrations by lighting three beacons,
Wolborough (Stonemans Hill), Buckland (Shaldon Road) and Highweek (a field in front of All Saints Church). Please come along and join us at one location and to wish the Queen a very happy 90th birthday.
Note to Editors:
Examples of places Beacons being lit are:
* Chapel Carn Brea, Cornwall – Far Westerly Beacon location in England.
* Unst – Shetland Islands – Most Northerly Beacon in Great Britain.
* St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland – Most Westerly Beacon in the United Kingdom.
* Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales.
* The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.
* 1st and 2nd West Haddon Brownies, West Haddon, Northamptonshire.
* Virgin Islands – lighting 4 Beacons.
For further information on the Newton Abbot beacons please contact Newton Abbot Town Council, Natalie Hicks on 01626 201120 or email email@example.com
The Prince of Wales has written a message which may be read out at Beacon lighting ceremonies. It has been placed here on www.brunopeek.co.uk and www.princeofwales.gov.uk
Her Majesty The Queen has lit the Principal Beacon on all the Following Occasions:
The Queen’s Silver Jubilee - 1977
50th Anniversary of VE Day - 1995
Beacons for the Millennium – 1999
The Queens Golden Jubilee – 2002
The Trafalgar Weekend Beacons – 2005
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – 2012
75th Anniversary of VE Day – 2015