One week to go before Queen’s birthday celebrations

15 Apr 2016

With only a week to go before Stevenage celebrates Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday, people from the town are invited to attend a beacon lighting ceremony in the town square on Thursday 21 April.

Celebrations in the town square begin at around 7pm with a performance from a Royal British Legion, Armed Forces Cadets and Sea Cadets band before the beacon is lit at 7.30pm. Members of the public can play their part by singing Happy Birthday to The Queen before a fireworks display brings the ceremony to a close.

The Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Richard Beazley, will light the beacon in Stevenage, which is one of around 1,000 to be lit across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and overseas territories after The Queen lights the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Howard Burrell, and High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Stelio Stefanou are also attending the ceremony and they will be joined by a Nobel School pupil who won the council’s competition to design the birthday card The Mayor sends to The Queen.

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Professor Howard Burrell MA, B.Mus. FRSA, Hon.FUH, said: “The Queen’s 90th birthday is nearly upon us and I hope to see lots of people, young and old, in the town square on April 21 to help us celebrate this historic occasion.

“It’s a great privilege for us to be hosting one of the birthday beacons and with a fireworks display to mark the occasion as well, it promises to be a memorable evening.”

The beacon will be lit on the joyride platform, and spectators can gather around the town square. The bus station will be closed from around 7.15pm to 7.35pm while the ceremony takes place and services that run during those times will depart from the railway station.

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