PICTURES: Beacons lit to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, lights the Ilkeston beacon. Photo: Kerry Wheatley.
Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, lights the Ilkeston beacon. Photo: Kerry Wheatley.

Beacon-lighting events have been held in Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Stapleford as part of the worldwide celebration to officially commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Special beacons were lit yesterday evening (Thursday) on the Market Place in both Ilkeston and Long Eaton town centres.

Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, was joined by the Mayors Cadets at the lighting of the beacon in Ilkeston. Photo: Kerry Wheatley.

Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, was joined by the Mayors Cadets at the lighting of the beacon in Ilkeston. Photo: Kerry Wheatley.

Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Custance, had the honour of lighting the Ilkeston beacon and was joined by the Mayor’s Cadets.

The borough’s deputy mayor, Councillor Abey Stevenson, lit the Long Eaton beacon.

Meanwhile, people from across Broxtowe attended the Stapelford event at The Old Cross Inn Pub, alongside Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw, and Town Mayor of Stapleford, Councillor Ray Darby.

Great British sausage and mash was on offer in the pub, with all proceeds going to the mayor’s charities, Forces In The Community and Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

Royal British Legion standard bearers at the ceremony to mark the lighting of the Ilkeston beacon. Photo: Kerry Wheatley.

Royal British Legion standard bearers at the ceremony to mark the lighting of the Ilkeston beacon. Photo: Kerry Wheatley.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw, and Town Mayor of Stapleford, Councillor Ray Darby, light the beacon. Photo: Brian Pickering.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw, and Town Mayor of Stapleford, Councillor Ray Darby, light the beacon. Photo: Brian Pickering.

The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw, watches the Beacon. Photo: Brian Pickering.

The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Susan Bagshaw, watches the Beacon. Photo: Brian Pickering.

The Stapleford beacon. Photo: Brian Pickering.

The Stapleford beacon. Photo: Brian Pickering.

Helpers sell sausage, mash and mushy peas to guests to raise money for Forces In The Community & Nottingham Childrens Hospital. Photo: Brian Pickering.

Helpers sell sausage, mash and mushy peas to guests to raise money for Forces In The Community & Nottingham Childrens Hospital. Photo: Brian Pickering.