Beacon to light way for 90th

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HRH Queen Elizabeth & The Duke Of Edinburgh visited Leeds today as part of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celerbrations.
Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry HRH Queen Elizabeth & The Duke Of Edinburgh visited Leeds today as part of the Queens Diamond Jubilee celerbrations.

Lights will shine bright over Sleights Moor to help the Queen celebrate her forthcoming 90th birthday.

The beacon in the village will be lit up as part of a national celebration event starting in London but extending to another 1,000 locations across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

On Thursday April 21 Her Majesty will light the principal beacon at Windsor Castle.

Others at locations such as churches, farms, country parks, village greens and country estates will be lit.

Lighthouses, National Trust and English Heritage buildings will also be taking part.

Eskdaleside cum Ugglebarnby Parish Council with kind permission of the landowner, the Grosmont Estate, and help from the Sleights Grouse Moorkeepers will light the beacon at around 7.30pm.

Bruno Peek is the pageant master for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

He said: “It has been an enormous privilege to be able to organise this amazing community event to celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen.

“I am delighted to see so many different organisations playing their part.”

Access to the beacon on Sleights Moor is on foot only via the rights of way between Fairhead and Blue Bank.

The Grosmont Estate has stressed that it is a sensitive time of year on the moorland given that it is ground bird nesting season.

People are asked to stick to the lit tracks and not take dogs. There is no car parking at Fairhead but it is available at Blue Bank.