Castle will Light up to Mark Queen’s 90th BirthdayPublished Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Ribble Valley residents are invited to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen at Clitheroe Castle on Thursday 21 April.
Ribble Valley Mayor Bridget Hilton will light a huge beacon on the castle ramparts as the 65-strong Clitheroe Pop Choir leads a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.
Clitheroe poet Maureen Fenton will also read a poem specially composed for the occasion.
The beacon is one of 600 being lit across the country, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man marking the Queen’s birthday.
The beacons will be lit in a chain starting in London, with the Clitheroe Castle beacon scheduled to be lit at 7.30pm.
Ribble Valley Mayor Bridget Hilton said: “There is a long and unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating landmark events with the lighting of beacons on top of mountains, hills, churches and castle ramparts.
“The last major beacon lighting marking the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012 attracted thousands of well-wishers to Clitheroe Castle and we are looking forward to a similar turnout on 21 April.
“Her Majesty has strong links with Ribble Valley and I invite residents to join us for what promises to be a wonderful celebration.”
The castle’s Atrium Café and Restaurant, now under new ownership, will also open for light refreshments and discount vouchers will be up for grabs for future visits.