BEACONS LIGHTING THE WAY TO CELEBRATE WITH THE QUEEN
CHALFONT St Peter is set to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday by lighting a beacon in her honour.
The village is taking part in the National Lighting of the Beacon event next Thursday (April 21).
Organized by the parish council, in conjunction with Gold Hill Baptist Church, the ceremony will start on Gold Hill Common at 7.30pm with the Accord Choir leading the public in songs from over the last 90 years.
At 8.15pm, villagers will be singing Happy Birthday to the Queen, with the lighting of the Beacon happening straight after.
A series of more than 1,000 beacons will be lit across the country, with Her Majesty and members of the Royal Family lighting the principal beacon at Windsor Castle at 7pm to start the chain.
Parish councillor Karen Dickson said: “I appreciate that the timing of the beacon being lit is late for young ones on a school night, but the timing was not ours to choose.
“Because this is a national event, that is the time we were asked to participate. I am hoping that some families decide to brave the evening air anyway, to wrap up warm and to come along, even if it is just for the singing – it is not every day our children will get a chance to sing Happy Birthday to their Queen, and a singalong on the common with neighbours and friends will be one for the memory box.”