On the evening of Thursday 21st April 2016 about one hundred and thirty people gathered on Tom Burt’s Hill, High Wycombe to watch a beacon lit in honour of The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The beacon in High Wycombe was one of hundreds of similar beacons lit at exactly 7.30pm throughout the United Kingdom to mark Her Majesty’s birthday.
Those gathered on the hillside sang the national anthem before Wycombe District Council Chairman, Cllr Ian McEnnis, paid tribute to The Queen for dedicating her life to public service. In his speech, Cllr McEnnis said: ‘The lighting ceremonies being held around the country are a show of solidarity and appreciation to Her Majesty for her lifetime of public service.
And so, on behalf of Wycombe District Council and the residents of the Wycombe district, I would like to thank The Queen for her dedication to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and to wish her a very happy and healthy 90th birthday.‘
The Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher, read out a letter from Prince Charles which expressed his delight that so many people around the country were united in their appreciation of The Queen, something which he said had ‘deeply touched Her Majesty‘.