A cliff-top beacon will be lit in Sunderland tonight as part of the national celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday.
To mark the occasion, a beacon at Cliffe Park, Seaburn, will be lit at 8.30pm, near the white lighthouse.
Civic leaders are encouraging as many Wearsiders as possible to go along and attend the event. It was last lit a year ago to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Previous royal-themed lightings have included HM’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
The lighting will be carried out by Sunderland Mayor, Councillor Barry Curran, and the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield. Coun Curran said: “This country has for many, many years been lighting beacons to mark and celebrate royal occasions.
“It’s a long tradition and the 90th birthday of our monarch is no exception.
“Beacons up and down the country are being lit.
“Everybody is welcome here at Cliffe Park to mark the occasion. It’s going to be a great honour on behalf of everyone across our city to light the beacon and people are very welcome to join us.”
Thousands of people across the country will be paying their respects to the Queen on her 90th birthday at a beacon.
They are being lit across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories and the Queen is lighting the first and principal beacon.
l Log on to www.sunderlandecho.com later tonight to see pictures from the beacon lighting ceremony.