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Kendal Castle Beacon To Be Lit On Queen's 90th Birthday

A beacon will be lit at Kendal Castle tonight to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

It'll be one of more than a thousand fires set across the country.

Cubs from the 1st Kendal scout group have the honour of lighting the beacon.

Councillor Emmott said: “I am delighted as chair of SLDC to have the honour of taking part in the lighting of the beacon to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

“I wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday and thank her for all her years of service to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

“We have made arrangements to escort a small group of people up to the beacon for the lighting, but we wouldn’t encourage members of the public to walk up to the castle itself on 21 April as it may well be getting dark and, especially if the weather isn’t great, the conditions under foot could be a bit slippy and we don’t want anyone to injure themselves.

“However, we know from previous experience of lighting a beacon at the castle for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee that it makes a wonderful sight from lower ground and can be easily seen at quite  distance, so we hope that people enjoy seeing the beacon on the Queen’s birthday.’’

Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster for the 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.”

Meanwhile, a beacon bonfire will be set ablaze at the Westmorland County Showground from around 8.30pm.

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