Beacon in Sunderland to be lit for Queen’s 90th birthday

Queen Elizabeth II views a beach scene as she tours a Diamond Jubilee exhibition celebrating 60 years of reign at Corporation Quay, Sunderland as part of her Diamond Jubilee visit to the North East./ Picture by: Arthur Edwards/The Sun / PA Archive/Press Association Images.
Queen Elizabeth II views a beach scene as she tours a Diamond Jubilee exhibition celebrating 60 years of reign at Corporation Quay, Sunderland as part of her Diamond Jubilee visit to the North East./ Picture by: Arthur Edwards/The Sun / PA Archive/Press Association Images.

A beacon is being lit in Seaburn, Sunderland, as part of the national celebrations for Her Majesty (HM) The Queen’s 90th Birthday.

Today (Thursday, April 21) the Cliffe Park beacon, which is near the white lighthouse, will be lit at 8.30pm.

It was last lit a year ago to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Previous royal-themed lightings have included HM’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. This was when HM The Queen last came to the city.

Sunderland mayor councillor Barry Curran and the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield will be carrying out the lighting of the beacon.

Coun Curran said: “This country has for many, many years been lighting beacons to mark and celebrate Royal occasions.

“It’s a long tradition and the 90th Birthday of our Monarch is no exception.

“Beacons up and down the country are being lit and everybody is welcome here at Cliffe Park to mark the occasion.

“It’s going to be a great honour on behalf of everyone across our city to light the beacon and people are very welcome to join us.”

Thousands of people across the country will be paying their respects to Her Majesty The Queen on her 90th birthday at a beacon.

They are being lit across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.

Her Majesty is lighting the first and principal beacon.

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