Earby beacon will mark Queen’s 90th birthday

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A regal beacon will light up the hillside above Earby on April 21st as the town has been chosen to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The beacon will be lit on the picnic site off Coolham Lane above the town and will be visible for miles around.

We are inviting Earby residents of any age, who share the same birthday as the Queen and who would be available on that evening, to help light the beacon

Coun. Vera Cocker

Earby is one of between 550 to 600 official beacon sites up and down the country to be chosen to the delight of councillors.

Now Earby Town Council is inviting anybody who lives in Earby or its historic district including Kelbrook, Salterforth, Sough or Thornton, who celebrates their birthday on April 21st, to come forward to help light the beacon.

Coun. Vera Cocker said: “We were invited to join in on another Beacon Festival, this time to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, and we jumped at the chance to be part of it.

“Because we answered ‘yes’ to the invite within a couple of hours of receiving the email, Earby features on the official paperwork that is being circulated, which is quite nice.

“We had to keep quiet about it for a few months, from last October, but we are thrilled to be able to announce it now. We haven’t got our official lighting time yet, but it will be around 8pm.

“We are inviting Earby residents of any age, who share the same birthday as the Queen and who would be available on that evening, to help light the beacon.

“We know of one already, Barbara Knock, but we can accommodate about four. If there are more than four, we will draw names out of the hat.

“The plan is for people to gather in Bailey Street at 7pm and we will have a torchlight procession up to the site. There, Chris Tennant will welcome everyone, the ministers from Churches Together will say a few prayers of thanksgiving for Her Majesty, followed by a patriotic sing-along with Earby Band.

“The beacon will then be lit, we will sing a chorus of Happy Birthday and have fireworks, before we go back down the hill. It should be a wonderful occasion.”

The town council has 12 stewards but is hoping to recruit another eight. Email Coun. Cocker at mail@vera45.plus.com if you are willing to be a steward or if you have your birthday on April 21st.