Bea­cons light the way to hon­our the Queen’s big day

Hun­dreds gather across the county to take part in bea­con chain

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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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