Rochdale Lights Up For Queens Birthday

Thursday, April 21st, 2016 10:30am

Littleborough will shine bright tonight as a beacon is lit at the Boroughs highest point to mark Our Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday.

The borough is getting ready to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday by lighting a beacon on Thursday 21 April at Blackstone Edge in Littleborough, one of the highest vantage points in the borough.  The beacon will be one of 1,000 being lit across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and overseas territories after the Queen lights the principal beacon at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Ian Sandiford, and the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Surinder Biant, will get the ceremony under way at 7.30pm before the beacon is lit shortly afterwards.

Councillor Biant said: “The Queen’s 90th birthday is a real landmark in history, and it is a great honour that Rochdale has been chosen to host one of the birthday beacons. The dramatic setting up on Blackstone Edge will mean our beacon can be seen for many miles around. It promises to be a special evening and I hope lots of people will look out for it up on the Pennine moors.”

As part of the commemoration event, the Army Cadet Force are taking special gas fueled beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the UK:

·         Ben Nevis – Scotland (1st Battalion Highlanders Army Cadet Force)

·         Mount Snowdon – Wales (Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force)

·         Scafell Pike – England (Cumbria Army Cadet Force)

·         Slieve Donard – Northern Ireland (2nd NI Battalion Army Cadet Force)


This June the celebrations continue when Rochdale Town Hall hosts a celebration to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th.  Some 175 unsung local heroes nominated by members of the public have been invited to the afternoon tea, where they will be entertained by local artists and groups. 

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