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BURGESS HILL CELEBRATES THE QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday on Thursday 21st April, the Mayor of Burgess Hill, Anne Jones MBE lit the Beacon in St John’s Park.  The event, organised by Burgess Hill Town Council, attracted a large crowd who enjoyed performances by Burgess Hill school choirs and Burgess Hill Marching Youth.  The Mayor read out a message from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales before lighting the Beacon.
 
The Queen, Accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall lit the Principal.  This was followed by the lighting of a number of Beacons along the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, including one at the Copper Horse, and then over 1,000 beacons were lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and a Commonwealth Country to celebrate this landmark birthday. Burgess Hill was delighted to be one of them.
 
Burgess Hill Town Council is also inviting Burgess Hill residents to write their birthday wishes to Her Majesty in a special leather bound book.  The book will be available at the Town Council offices at 96 Church Walk until Friday 3rd June to coincide with The Queen’s official birthday.  The book will then be forwarded to The Queen so she can read everyone’s birthday messages.  
 
Mayor of Burgess Hill, Anne Jones MBE said: “It was lovely to see the community come together waving their Union flags to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday and join in the lighting of the Beacon at St John’s Park.  
 
 
The performances by Burgess Hill school choirs and Burgess Hill Marching Youth were delightful and it was lovely to see so many children taking part in the event.  I would like to thank Burgess Hill Bonfire Society, Mike Wood, BEM, Music Director at Oakmeeds Community College, the schools and Marching Youth for taking part.”