Lyme and Charmouth to light up for The Queen
PUBLISHED: 06:59 20 April 2016
Neighbouring resorts will light beacons to mark the monarch’s 90th birthday
Charmouth Parish Council will mark The Queen’s 90th birthday tomorrow night (Thursday, April 21) by lighting a beacon.
Located on the cliff to the east of the village, leading to Stonebarrow, it will be lit at 8.30pm – forming part of a chain of fires across the country.
In view of the instability of the cliffs in this area access to the site will be closed but anyone wishing to view the beacon and show their support will be very welcome to go along and meet in the car park by the Heritage Centre.
A half an hour later Lyme Regis will light its beacon on Church Cliff Beach.
The Mayor Cllr Owen Lovell, will set it ablaze at 9pm.
The celebrations will begin in Lyme Regis at 8.30pm when Lyme Regis Town Band will play in Theatre Square, joined by town crier Alan Vian as the master of ceremonies.
The public will have the perfect vantage point from the square to watch the beacon lighting on the beach, accompanied by the band playing Happy Birthday, followed by the National Anthem.
If it rains, the band will play in the Marine Theatre.
Cllr Lovell said: “There is a long tradition in this country of celebrating royal occasions with the lighting of beacons.
“I am delighted to have the honour of lighting the Lyme Regis beacon to mark this very special occasion and hope to see many of the town’s residents at Thursday’s celebrations.
“It will be quite a spectacle to see the town’s beacon lit on the beach, which many people will know can usually be found near the Cobb Gate anchor displaying a floral arrangement.
“This is just the start of a whole series of events to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, with many more community events planned for June, including parties and cream teas. More details will be made available closer to the time.”
A birthday card has been sent to the Queen from the Mayor and town council on behalf of the town.
The town crier will make several proclamations around the town on Thursday, starting at the Guildhall at 11am.
He said: “It is a great honour to be able to announce notable royal events as town crier.
“None can be more special than announcing the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen and to share in the lighting of one of the 1,000 beacons in her honour on Thursday.”
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