West Lancashire is joining communities across the country in lighting a beacon to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday at Beacon Country Park, and you can come and join the celebrations.
The Borough Council is organising an event on Thursday 21 April 2016, which will feature a short procession with local dignitiaries including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire. Members of the Royal Air Force Association and Skelmersdale Ex-Services Association will also take part as well as local scouts, guides, air cadets, and other uniformed groups.
This will start from the Beacon Park Visitor Centre at 8.15pm and end at the Visitor centre beacon (not the Ashurst Beacon). Here there will be a short ceremony, with music from Skelmersdale Prize Band. The Mayor of West Lancashire Councillor Nikki Hennessy will read out a message from Prince Charles before lighting the beacon at 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy this historic event.
The beacon will be one of hundreds lit across the United Kingdom, Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and UK overseas territories to mark the Queen’s special birthday. The Queen herself will light the principle beacon at Windsor. Members of the Army Cadet Force will be taking beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the United Kingdom - Ben Nevis, Scotland; Mount Snowdon, Wales; Scafell Pike, England, and Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.
Kim Webber, the Chief Executive of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to organise this event to mark this very special occasion, and the people of West Lancashire are very welcome to come and join the celebrations.”