Beacons light the way to honour the Queen’s big day
Hundreds gather across the county to take part in beacon chain
BEACONS were lit across Bucks last week as people gathered together to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
A beacon was lit at a ceremony at Beaconsfield Rugby Club in Windsor End which was attended by Mayor of Beaconsfield John Read, Town Crier Dick Smith and Bucks County Council chairman Bill Chapple.
The beacon was officially lit by Jenefer Farncombe, deputy lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, and was part of a celebration in which more than 1,000 beacons were lit across the UK and Commonwealth countries to mark the occasion on Thursday April 21.
The Queen lit the first of the chain of beacons in Windsor at 7pm.
The ceremony was attended by people from across Buckinghamshire. One who attended, Amanda Hart, tweeted: “A lovely tribute to our Queen & a good turn out for the #Beaconsfield beacon lighting.”
Villagers also gathered in Ley Hill to mark Her Majesty’s milestone birthday.
The celebrations kickedoff at 7.05pm with a parade by local scout groups.
At 7.15pm there was a blessing and everyone sang God Save the Queen before the village’s beacon was lit at 7.30pm.
Celebrations continued on the common and at the two pubs The Crown and The Swan, with The Crown holding a barbecue for villagers.
A huge crowd gathered on Gold Hill Common as Chalfont St Peter celebrated the Queen’s birthday.
In response to an invitation from the Royal Pageant master Bruno Peek to take part in the royal festivities, the parish council lit the village beacon in recognition of the milestone.
The Accord Community Choir entertained the crowd with songs from each decade of her reign, before council chairman, Linda Smith, thanked those responsible for organizing the event.
She spoke about what the village had looked like in 1926 when the Queen had been born before reading a birthday message from The Prince of Wales.
Communal singing of Happy Birthday and the National Anthem concluded the brief formalities and the beacon was lit by village resident Sapper Chris Tyrell, recently returned from active duty.
Parish clerk Debbie Evans said: “We were one of only two local councils to light our beacon to celebrate our longest reigning monarch reaching a milestone birthday, and we are proud to have been able to mark this occasion as a village.”
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