West Berkshire celebrates Queen's 90th birthday

Beacons lit across the Royal County to commemorate occasion

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West Berkshire celebrates Queen's 90th birthday

Beacon is lit in Victoria Park, Newbury, to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday (picture by Phil Cannings)

HUNDREDS of people from across the Royal County of Berkshire have celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

Some waved union jack flags and others dressed up, while beacons were lit across West Berkshire to mark the longest-serving monarch becoming a nonagenarian yesterday (Thurs).

In Newbury’s Victoria Park, more than a hundred people joined councillors and the mayor to sing hymns before a beacon was lit.

The Queen has been a frequent visitor to Newbury, attending race days at Newbury Racecourse and visiting Vodafone’s headquarters in 2008 and St Bartholomew’s School in 1972 and 1993.

There were also celebrations at Donnington Castle with a lighting of a beacon. (Picture by Phil Cannings)

People gathered to watch the beacon being lit last night

In Aldermaston, a beacon was lit in the field opposite St Mary’s Church, by Lord of the Manor Andy Hall, before the bells of the church rang out in celebration.

Prior to that, people raised a toast to The Queen with a glass of bubbly.

Thatcham residents also turned out in their hundred to witness the lighting of a beacon on Dunstan Green, while Hungerford celebrated with a beacon lighting at the Triangle Field. (Picture by Tony Bartlett)

(Picture by Tony Bartlett)

West Berkshire councillors were in patriotic mood too, with leader Roger Croft introducing last night’s executive meeting by paying tribute to her Majesty’s years of service.

Mr Croft said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II a happy 90th birthday.

“She has reigned over UK for 64 years now and is simply the most highly-regarded monarch of all time.”

Although the beacon lighting events were publicised in the Newbury Weekly News, many people took to social media to say they were unaware that many of the events were happening.

The Queen has reigned longer than any monarch in British history, having surpassed the reign of her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria last year.

To watch the beacon being lit in Newbury, click the video link below

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  • MarkJR84


    22/04/2016 - 13:01

    We went to the beacon lighting in Victoria Park. I have been looking forward to attending this momentous occasion for sometime now as my parents have been involved with the beacon lighting in Aldermaston, so I knew that this event would be memorable, but unfortunately I will always remember it by the fact it was nothing short of amateurish! - The music they were playing was awful - The DJ they used only played part songs - The rubbish music was too loud and distorted - When the town crier read Prince Charles' speech the microphone didn't work - The music for the "mini proms" was far too quiet so no one sang - The DJ's CDs were scratched so kept skipping!! - The fuse to light the beacon didn't work so a man had to wade into the water and light it with a blow torch! - The beacon itself was terribly small! - The flags were Newbury flags, not the Union Flag. The whole thing needed to be rehearsed. It's a shame as the Queen has given us so much but we couldn't even organise this properly


    • rooter37

      22/04/2016 - 14:02

      We are on a budget Mark, have you not read the news? Surprised it wasn't a couple of tealights from Wilkinsons!


      • MarkJR84


        22/04/2016 - 14:02

        I'm not talking about spending more money, I'm saying what was there didn't work at all! If we spent all that money on a DJ for example then he could at least have had unscratched CDs and speakers and a microphone that worked!




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