Hartlepool’s beacons to be lit to celebrate Queen’s birthday

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People will have the chance to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday during a public event later this month.

Hartlepool’s two coastal beacons will light up the evening sky on Thursday, April 21, as part of a 1,000-strong beacon salute to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.

To celebrate the milestone, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will invite The Queen to light the first and Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle.

This will be followed by the lighting of a number of beacons along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park and then over 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas territories and Commonwealth countries.

In Hartlepool, members of the public are invited to gather at 7.15pm at the Town Moor beacon on the Headland and at the beacon on the seafront at Seaton Carew.

The town’s Ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Mary Fleet, will say a few words and then light the Town Moor beacon at 7.30pm.

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kevin Cranney, will do the same at the beacon at Seaton Carew.

The two ceremonies will conclude at 7.45pm.

Councillors are urging people to join in the celebration, describing the Queen as “devoted” and “a most remarkable lady”.

Councillor Mary Fleet said: “Her Majesty The Queen has devoted her life to the service of her country and its people and she is a marvellous example to us all.

“We hope people will join us to wish her a very happy 90th birthday and continuing good health and happiness in the years ahead as Hartlepool plays its part in this striking beacon tribute.”

Councillor Cranney added: “This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Hartlepool to come together and show their support for our Queen – a most remarkable lady.”

The last time the two Hartlepool beacons were lit was during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012.

The Queen will light the principal beacon which will set in train a series of beacons across worldwide.