The Queen at 90: Beacon lit in Hackney as part of birthday celebrations

On the 21 April, events took place across the country to celebrate the Queen’s 90 birthday.

To mark this occasion Hackney Council took part with 1,000 others across the UK in lighting a series of beacons. The Queen lit the first beacon at Windsor Castle at 7.30pm, then at 8.30pm the beacon atop Hackney Empire was lit in along with 17 other beacons being lit across London.

Lieutenant Colonel Morris, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Hackney, and The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sade Etti, climbed up to the top of Hackney Empire to light the specially built beacon at sundown. Well-wishers gathered below in Hackney Town Hall square to celebrate the Queen’s mile stone birthday.

You can take part with this year’s Queen at 90 festivities by hosting a street party on the 12 June. It’s easy to arrange. You can download a handy step-by-step guide on how to host a street party. To find out more about how to hold a street party go to the Hackney Council’s website here.