Beacons lit to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

The lighting of Sudbury's beacon to mark the Queen's 90th birthday ANL-160428-111958001
The lighting of Sudbury's beacon to mark the Queen's 90th birthday ANL-160428-111958001
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Beacons were lit last Thursday throughout the country to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Sudbury and Boxford were among towns and villages to hold official beacon lighting ceremonies, while in Lamarsh a huge bonfire was lit to mark the occasion.

Sudbury beacon being lit by Sudbury deputy mayor Sue Ayres and community warden Bradley Smith ANL-160428-111922001

Sudbury beacon being lit by Sudbury deputy mayor Sue Ayres and community warden Bradley Smith ANL-160428-111922001

The bonfire at Shrubs Farm was visible up to 10 miles away, the event attracting around 60 people.

Across the country a message from HRH the Prince of Wales was read out, while Happy Birthday was sung and refreshments were enjoyed in the warm glow of the blazing fire.

In Sudbury deputy mayor Sue Ayres lit the beacon on the Croft with support from community warden Bradley Smith.

The ceremony was begun by piper Tricia Drawbridge, before the national anthem was sung.

Deputy mayor Sue Ayres ANL-160428-111934001

Deputy mayor Sue Ayres ANL-160428-111934001

Again here the Prince’s message was read out before prayers by Rev. Simon Gil.

Boxford’s beacon in White Hart car park was lit and again the National Anthem was sung, along with a chorus of Happy Birthday.

Here the beacon was lit by Kenny King, believed to be the oldest resident in Boxford at 93-years-old.

Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in Lamarsh ANL-160428-111947001

Queen's 90th birthday celebrations in Lamarsh ANL-160428-111947001