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Skipton to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Skipton to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Published at 9:53am 21st April 2016. (Updated at 1:26pm 21st April 2016)

A beacon is going to be lit in Skipton tonight to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

It's part of celebrations taking place up and down the UK, with more than 1,000 beacons being lit.

One of the biggest gatherings locally is set to be at Holy Trinity Church in Skipton.

Describing what will happen tonight, the Church Rector, the Reverend Veronica James said: "Members of the Town Council and other members of the town will be taking the beacon up to the top of the bell tower.

"Then between 7.30 and 8pm, we will be lighting the beacon.

"It's a very good place within the town, because it's at the top of the High Street and commands quite a view from all around.

"With the Queen being the Governor of the Church of England, it's such a privilege to be able to participate in the day.

"We've invited various people from within the community to come and share refreshments.

"The Air Training Cadets from the local squadron will be with us, we've got the buglers from the Royal British Legion who will play a fanfare and other people who will hopefully come and enjoy the occasion."