Nine Leighton-Linslade residents needed for Queen’s 90th birthday celebration

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Nine Leighton-Linslade residents are needed to play a major role in local celebrations for The Queen’s 90th birthday – could you be one of them?

The town council is collaborating with the Rotary Club of Leighton-Linslade to organise the lighting of a birthday beacon at Parson’s Close Recreation Ground.

The birthday beacon to be used in Leighton Buzzard

The birthday beacon to be used in Leighton Buzzard

The LBO is joining forces with Leighton-Linslade Town Council in the search for the lucky locals willing to take part in the event which will feature music in the park (including several bands) and a free firework display.

Town mayor Ray Berry explained: “Plans are coming together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Not dissimilar to an Olympic torch relay, we are hoping for a parish style activity where runners converge on the market cross bearing a lighted torch.

“They will then process down to Parson’s Close where the beacon will be.

“What we are looking for is nine residents born in each decade of her majesty’s life to meet these runners and help with the lighting of the beacon.”

The event will take place on The Queen’s birthday (Thursday, April 21) and Buckingham Palace has been keen to promote the landmark as a focus for national celebration.

The council has already bought a beacon in the shape of a rose. The time it will be lit will be confirmed nearer the day, but is likely to be around 8pm.

The last major beacon commemoration was for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 4, 2012 – although Leighton Buzzard did not participate on that occasion.

A town council report on funding for this April’s event states: “There is a long unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating Royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons – on top of mountains, churches and castle battlements, on town and village greens, farms and country parks and estates, and along the beaches surrounding our shores.

“There will be a further opportunity to celebate on April 21. By the town council lighting a beacon, we will be joining in on uniting the nation in common celebration of this important milestone in The Queen’s life.”

> To put yourself forward/nominate someone to be one of the lucky nine residents, simply email your/their name, address, date of birth, telephone number and a brief explanation on why you/they deserve to be selected for the honour to steve.sims@jpress.co.uk. Alternatively call Steve on 01582 798510.