Beacon will be lit at Clitheroe Castle to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

Ribble Valley Mayor, Coun Bridget Hilton with Clitheroe Pop Choir on Clitheroe Castle ramparts, ready for tomorrow's becaon lighting ceremony to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Ribble Valley Mayor, Coun Bridget Hilton with Clitheroe Pop Choir on Clitheroe Castle ramparts, ready for tomorrow's becaon lighting ceremony to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

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Celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday take place throughout the area tomorrow, April 21.

Amongst these, residents are invited to Clitheroe Castle for the lighting of a huge beacon on the ramparts by the Mayor, Coun Bridget Hilton, as the 65-strong Clitheroe Pop Choir leads a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday and poet Maureen Fenton will read a poem specially composed for the occasion, scheduled for 7.30pm.

The beacon is one of 1000 being lit around the world to mark the Queen’s milestone birthday, the first of the chain being lit by the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, at Windsor Castle.

Coun Hilton said: “The last major beacon lighting marking the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012 attracted thousands of well-wishers to Clitheroe Castle and we are looking forward to a similar turnout.

“Her Majesty has strong links with Ribble Valley and I invite residents to join us for what promises to be a wonderful celebration.”

In Goosnargh, the community of St Francis, Hill Chapel is inviting everyone to a huge ‘Street Party’ and picnic in the school playgorund at noon. The playground will be decorated with bunting, the school band will play ‘God Save the Queen’ and everyone will be wearing red, white and blue.

In Longridge, the Heritage Centre is running an exhibition about the Queen which includes photos of her visits to Lancashire and visits all over the world; of her family, horses, dogs and even her pigeons and six decades of fashion highlighting details of her clothes, hats, shoes and even her gloves.

Also, everyone is invited along to Longridge’s Belmont Care Home today, April 20, where residents and staff are holding a celebratory street market with various stalls and party at 2pm.

Tomorrow morning the Queen will unveil a plaque marking the start of a four-mile Queen’s Walkway at the foot of Castle Hill in Windsor and carry out a walkabout with the Duke of Edinburgh and after she lights the beacon, the Queen will be joined by members of the Royal family for a private celebration.