Local residents are invited to join a beacon lighting ceremony at Shire Hall on Thursday 21 April to mark the Queen's 90th Birthday. The ceremony will start at 7pm with the official beacon lighting scheduled for 7.45pm on Castle Mound, by Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Colin Elsden.

Cambridgeshire County Council has announced plans to light the beacon at Shire Hall, which is one of over 1,000 beacons to be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas Territories to celebrate the Queen's landmark birthday. The principle beacon will be lit by the Queen at Windsor Castle, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

In addition to the beacon there will be music from the Cambridge Salvation Army Brass Band, displays from Cambridgeshire Libraries and Archives, and the premier of a short film which has been produced in partnership with Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and students from Cambridge Regional College to celebrate good health in older age.

The event at Shire Hall is just one of a number of activities taking place across the county to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday, including craft and story sessions in Cambridgeshire libraries, tea parties at Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough day centres, and beacons at a number of locations.

Sue Grace, Director of Customer Service and Transformation at Cambridgeshire County Council said: "We are pleased that Cambridgeshire County Council has been able to work together with volunteers and organisations to mark this special event. It is a real landmark for the Queen, and we wish her a very Happy Birthday."

Bruno Peek, LVO, OBE, OPR, Pageantmaster for the Queen's 90th Birthday Beacons said: "It has been an enormous privilege to be able to organise this amazing community event to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen. I am delighted to see so many different organisations playing their part."

Beverley Young, Partnerships Manager, from Age UK Cambridgeshire & Peterborough said: "It is wonderful to take this opportunity to celebrate not just the Queen's 90th birthday, but also to appreciate the older residents living in Cambridgeshire many of whom are 90 years old and over and continuing to live healthy active lives. Working with the students from Cambridge Regional College to mark this occasion has been a real pleasure, and it's wonderful to see how much enjoyment and learning we've achieved working across the generations."


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