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Happy birthday, Ma'am! Mirfield set to join beacon celebration for Queen's 90th birthday

Hundreds expected for bonfire night with a difference in honour of Her Majesty

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for a rip-roaring celebration to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

And Mirfield is planning on joining a national beacon lighting ceremony with fires lit up and down the country in honour of the Queen.

Farmer Michael Barber has given over hilltop fields above his Crossley Farm in Crossley Lane for a big community event.

The event will be held on the night of the Queen’s birthday – Thursday April 21 – as beacons are lit across Britain at the same time.

Organisers believe the Mirfield beacon will be the only one in Kirklees.

Organiser Clr Martyn Bolt said: “This is one of the highest vantage points in Mirfield with views across to Holme Moss, Emley Moor and, looking east, almost as far as Goole docks.

Clr Martyn Bolt at Crossley Farm, Mirfield where a beacon is to be lit for the Queen's Birthday.

“Planning is still at an early stage but it will be a real family event.”

The Mirfield event has applied to become part of the official Queen’s 90th Birthday Beacons, run by pageant master Bruno Peek.

Beacons can either be traditional bonfires or gas-fuelled braziers. Mirfield has gone for the real thing and has enlisted the expertise of Mirfield Round Table volunteers who run a charity bonfire on Mirfield Showground every year.

There could also be a fireworks display, funfair and food and drink stalls.

Beacons were a traditional method of communication or celebration in times past and Clr Bolt also hopes to add to the atmosphere by encouraging local churches to ring their bells as the beacon is lit.

The event will be free of charge but people may be asked to make voluntary donations to charity.

Beacon lit at Castle Hill to mark the anniversary of VE Day.

It is thought the beacon could be lit at dusk though timings have yet to be confirmed.

Last year Castle Hill in Almondbury and Cliff Rec in Holmfirth had beacons to mark the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

More than 200 beacons were lit following the lighting of the principal beacon outside Windsor Castle by the Queen.

A beacon was also lit at Castle Hill for the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012.



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