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Queen's birthday to be marked with beacons lit across the country

Parish councils and individuals are being invited to mark the Queen's 90th birthday by lighting beacons across the country.


Craven District Council has registered on behalf of the parish councils in the district, and is collating the information of parish councils taking part in the event on April 21, 2016.

Individuals and other groups can also register themselves to light a beacon.

So far in Craven, public beacon-lightings are planned in Skipton, Sutton-in-Craven, Beamsley, Embsay-with-Eastby, Martons Both, Conistone-with-Kilnsey, Hellifield, Grassington, Carleton and Arncliffe.

Hundreds of groups and individuals across the UK have already signed up to take part, and the Queen herself will light a beacon on April 21.

Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, said: "There is a long and unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons - on top of mountains, churches and castle battlements, on town and village greens, farms, country parks and estates, and along the beaches surrounding our shores.

"The last major beacon celebration was on Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee on June 4, 2012. There will be a further opportunity to celebrate on Thursday April 21, 2016, when beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday that day."

The closing date for registration to take part is April 18, 2016. To find out more about the beacon lighting ceremony and how to register, go to or email

To download the full guidance document, click here: pdf icon Queen's birthday beacons [6Mb]