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A beacon will be lit at Portchester Castle next week (21st April) to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.
It will be one of over 1,000 beacons being lit throughout the country from churches and lighthouses to farms, country parks and village greens.
The event starts at 5.30pm and is being arranged in partnership with English Heritage. There will be a range of activities in the Castle grounds, including live music, food and drink, children's games, face painting and make your own beacon.
The Mayor and Mayoress will lead the countdown to the lighting, which will take place (weather permitting) on top of the Castle's keep at 7.30pm.
Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Mike Ford, said: "This is set to be a fantastic family event as we join venues across the country to mark Her Majesty's 90th birthday. It should be a momentous national occasion to have so many beacons being lit at the same time. Our beacon at Portchester Castle will be among hundreds around the UK."
The live music at the event will be provided by Portsmouth based folk band, The Courtiers.
Bruno Peek, the Queens' official Pageantmaster, 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."
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Other English Heritage and National Trust properties are also taking part. The Army Cadet Force will light beacons on the Four Highest Peaks in the UK and the Queen herself will light the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle. Beacons will also be lit on the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and a Commonwealth Country.
Examples of places Beacons being lit are:
Photos and video from the evening will be available after the event.
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