Beacons will light up the Lancashire skies for the Queen 90th birthday

Stunning display: Beacons will be lit at sport around Lancashire, including Rivington Pike, inset
Stunning display: Beacons will be lit at sport around Lancashire, including Rivington Pike, inset

The Lancashire skies are set to light up for the Queen’s 90th birthday tomorrow.

The county will be lighting beacons as part of the celebrations which are taking place across the country.

A chain of 1,000 beacons will be lit across Britian and the world tomorrow evening, starting with the first at Windsor Castle, which the Queen will light herself.

In Lancashire, there will be official beacons lit at: Rivington Pike; Beacon Country Park in West Lancashire; Clitheroe Castle, Bentham, near Lancaster; The Mount at Fleetwood; Lytham, and Earby in Pendle.

The Rivington Pike beacon will be lit at 8.30pm. It is only accessible on foot for those wanted to get up close to the event. Director at Chorley Council, Jamie Carson, said: “We are delighted to be participating in the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations by lighting a beacon at Rivington Pike – one of Chorley’s most popular landmarks.

“Occasions like this don’t come round very often and we wanted to make sure the borough was part of the national celebrations.

“Rivington Pike has a history as a beacon site and the council last lit a beacon there in 2012 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“It was a fantastic display and could be seen by many from their homes. The beacon will be lit for 20 to 30 minutes, so be sure to look out for it after sunset.”

At Beacon Park in West Lancashire, there will be a procession from the Beacon Park Visitor Centre at 8.15pm and end at the visitor centre beacon (not the Ashurst Beacon).

Here there will be a short ceremony, with music from Skelmersdale Prize Band. Mayor of West Lancashire, Coun Nikki Hennessy, will read out a message from Prince Charles before lighting the beacon at 8.30pm. Everyone welcome.

The Queen’s diary of engagements for her birthday also includes a walkabout near Windsor Castle.

She will unveil a plaque to mark The Queen’s Walkway, a four-mile self-guided walking trail, designed by The Outdoor Trustof well-wishers.

She will then head out on the birthday walkabout .