Cornwall is celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday next week, with beacons being lit across the South West. When you're staying at our hotel in Fowey, you can join in the celebration events that will be happening across the county in the coming months.
Chapel Carn Brea and St Michael's Mount are two of the places in the Duchy which will be taking part. The beacons being lit will happen from 7.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 21 April.
Ten locations at National Trust places are taking part in the event all across the South West counties. Some of the south coast beacons were once used to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada in 1588. Beacons were also lit for Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
The Queen, who will be accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will light the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle next Thursday. Over 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas territories and Commonwealth countries, to celebrate the landmark birthday.
Many different organisations from local communities are taking part by lighting beacons, with town, parish, community councils and youth organisations. Some of the locations beacons will be lit include churches, farms, village greens and even lighthouses.
The Queen's pageant master Bruno Peek said: "It has been an enormous privilege to be able to organise this amazing community event to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. I am delighted to see so many different organisations playing their part."
The South West locations taking part are:
- Glastonbury Tor, Somerset
- Potters Hill, Woolacombe, North Devon
- Newark Park, Wotton-Ender-Edge, Gloucestershire
- Little Solsbury Hill, Batheaston, Bath, Somerset
- Neptune Hill, Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
- Corfe Castle, Dorset
- Butter Hill, West Exmoor, Devon
- Chapel Carn Brea, Penzance, Cornwall
- Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap Estate, West Dorset
- St Michael's Mount, Marazion, Cornwall
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Photo by: Philip Halling