Light a beacon to honour Queen’s birthday

Published Friday 19 February 2016

In celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April 2016, community groups, organisations or individuals in the Harborough district are invited to participate in a nation-wide beacon tribute.

Beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

Your event can be large or small. There are three types of beacons that may be used:

  • The traditional bonfire beacon
  • A beacon brazier on top of a tall wooden post
  • A gas-fuelled beacon

There is a long and unbroken tradition in this country of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons - on top of mountains, churches and castle battlements, on town and village greens, farms, country parks and estates, and along the beaches surrounding our shores.

The last major beacon celebration was on the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on 4 June 2012.

Cllr Rosita Page, Harborough District Council's portfolio holder for communities, said: “This is a significant occasion and I hope people will light a beacon to help celebrate this event in style.”

How to take part

If you or your community group would like to participate in this national celebration, the Queen's 90th Birthday Beacons group has put together a guide to taking part online.

Download The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons – Your Guide to Taking part PDF (6MB)

Alternatively, contact:

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR
Pageantmaster, The Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons
Pageantmaster House, 110 Lowestoft Road
Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth
Norfolk NR31 6NB

07737 262 913