Queen’s birthday beacon celebrations in Stevenage

05 Apr 2016

Stevenage people are invited to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday on Thursday 21 April by joining a beacon lighting ceremony in the Town Square.

Around 1,000 beacons will be lit on the Queen’s birthday across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and overseas territories after Her Majesty lights the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Richard Beazley, will light the beacon in the Stevenage town centre. He will be joined at the ceremony by the Mayor, Cllr Howard Burrell, and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Stelio Stefanou.

A Royal British Legion, Armed Forces Cadets and Sea Cadets band will get the ceremony underway at around 7pm before the beacon is lit at 7.30pm. After a rendition of Happy Birthday, a fireworks display will bring the celebrations to a close.

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Professor Howard Burrell MA, B.Mus. FRSA, Hon.FUH, said: “Local people, young and old, are invited to come along to watch the lighting and join a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to The Queen once the beacon is lit.

“It’s a great honour for Stevenage to be hosting one of the birthday beacons and it promises to be a very special evening so I hope to see lots of people there on the night.”

The beacon will be lit on the joyride platform, and spectators can gather around the town square. The bus station will be closed from 7.15pm to 8pm, while the ceremony takes place.

For more information about the Beacon Lighting visit http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/news-and-events/news/