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Poetry and Song as Castle Lights up for Queen's 90th

Published Thursday, 21 April 2016

A huge beacon will be lit at Clitheroe Castle tonight (Thursday 21 April) commemorating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Just before the beacon is lit, Clitheroe poet Maureen Fenton will recite a poem specially written for the occasion entitled ‘Living the Vow’ highlighting pivotal moments in the Queen’s extraordinary life.

Ribble Valley Mayor Bridget Hilton will then light the beacon on the castle ramparts as the Clitheroe Pop Choir leads a rousing community rendition of Happy Birthday beneath the blazing beacon.

The castle’s Atrium Café and Restaurant, now under new ownership, will also be open for light refreshments and discount vouchers will be up for grabs for future visits.

Ribble Valley residents are invited to join in the celebration, which starts at 7.15pm.

The beacon is one of 600 being lit across the country, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man marking the Queen’s birthday. They 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: “The last major beacon-lighting marking the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012 attracted thousands of well-wishers to Clitheroe Castle.

“Her Majesty has strong links with Ribble Valley and I invite residents to join us for what promises to be a wonderful celebration.”

Maureen Fenton has made her living from writing for many years, as a poet, journalist and creative writing tutor. She lives in Clitheroe.

The Clitheroe Pop Choir regularly performs throughout Lancashire and has appeared on television and radio.

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