Robinswood Hill Beacon shines bright for Queen’s 90th
Gloucester City Council will be will be celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday this Thursday at 8.30pm by lighting the beacon at the top of Robinswood Hill.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will also invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the principal beacon on 21st April at Windsor Castle.
This will be followed by the lighting of a number of beacons along the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, including one at the Copper Horse, and then over 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and Commonwealth Countries to celebrate her landmark birthday.
The Army Cadet Force is taking special gas fuelled beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the UK:
- Ben Nevis – Scotland (1st Battalion Highlanders Army Cadet Force)
- Mount Snowdon – Wales (Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force)
- Scafell Pike – England (Cumbria Army Cadet Force)
- Slieve Donard – Northern Ireland (2nd NI Battalion Army Cadet Force)
The four peak beacons will be lit at 7.30pm, with the rest of the beacons, including Robinswood Hill beacon, all being lit at 8.30pm.
The event will be attended by Robert Bernays, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire and Lady Bathurst, the county’s High Sheriff.
Lloyd Griffiths, Head of Neighborhood Services, said: “Gloucester has a rich and deep history with the monarchy of which we are very proud, and lighting the beacon at Robinswood Hill is in recognition and celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
“Over the last couple of months communities from across the City have done a great job in supporting Clean for the Queen events across Gloucester and I hope residents enjoy seeing the beacon lit on Thursday evening as we wish the Queen a very Happy Birthday.”
The public are very welcome to come along to watch the beacon being lit, but are advised to wear the appropriate clothing and footwear, and be prepared that the descent would be in darkness.