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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.”

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