Earby set for royal beacon celebration

James Spence and Vera Cocker prepare for the Earby beacon on the Queen's 90th birthday tomorrow, with Barabra Knock who was born on April 21st.
James Spence and Vera Cocker prepare for the Earby beacon on the Queen's 90th birthday tomorrow, with Barabra Knock who was born on April 21st.
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A regal beacon will light up the hillside above Earby tomorrow night as the town has been chosen to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

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

Earby is one of 1,000 official beacon sites to be chosen in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and Overseas Territories to the delight of councillors.

Earby Town Council will be holding a torchlight procession from Springfield School turning circle, gathering at 7pm, up to the picnic site on Bleara Moor where the beacon will be lit at 8pm.

Church ministers will be hold prayers for Her Majesty, Earby Brass Band will be playing, and the beacon will be lit by the town council Chairman, Coun. Chris Tennant, and Mrs Barbara Knock, a former town councillor, who also celebrates her birthday tomorrow.

A message from the Prince of Wales to everyone will be read out by Coun. Tennant just before the beacon is lit and there will then be a display of fireworks before the return torchlight journey back to the starting point.

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 months, from last October, but were thrilled to finally be able to announce it a few weeks ago. It should be a wonderful occasion.

“One thing I would like to add is to say that the fireworks will start just after 8pm and will include two big ‘booms’ as a salute to Her Majesty. We just want to let pet owners be aware as they are quite loud.”

Anybody else who has their birthday tomorrow and lives in Earby or its historic district including Kelbrook, Salterforth, Sough or Thornton, can still help light the beacon and can contact Coun. Cocker at mail@vera45.plus.com

The community minibus will also be on hand to carry those unable to walk up the hill, and anybody wishing to use this can contact Coun. Cocker the same way.