Bonfires and all guns blazing: York marks Queen’s 90th birthday

The Queen comes through Micklegate Bar with Lord Mayor David Horton during her visit in 2012. Photograph © City of York Council on Flickr
21 Apr 2016 @ 8.04 am
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York has bright and noisy plans to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday today (Thursday, April 21).

The Army will fire a 21-gun salute in honour of Britain’s longest-serving monarch at noon.

People are welcome to watch the salute in Museum Gardens, undertaken by 4th Regiment Royal Artillery. The regiment, which is based in Topcliffe near Thirsk, will fire three 105 mm light guns.

That will be preceded by music from the Band of The Royal Armoured Corps.

The Diamond Jubilee beacon is lit in York in 2012 watched by Lord Mayor Keith Hyman. Photograph © City of York Council on Flickr
The Diamond Jubilee beacon is lit in York in 2012 watched by Lord Mayor Keith Hyman. Photograph © City of York Council on Flickr

And at 6.30pm celebrations will begin in Glen Gardens prior to a beacon being lit to mark the birthday at 7.30pm.

It is one of a thousand being lit across the country – the Queen will light one at Windsor Castle.

Local children are invited to take part in games organised by the Friends of Glen Gardens. The games were enjoyed by young people in the 1920s and include marbles, jump the rope, kick the can and jacks.

At 7.30pm the beacon will be lit by a group of volunteers from the Friends group.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said:

York last lit a beacon as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and we are again delighted to light one of over 1,000 beacons, this time to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.

Residents are welcome to come along to be a part of this occasion.