BEACONS across Sussex will be lit tonight to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Queen will light the first of a chain of hundreds of beacons across the country.

On the day of her milestone anniversary, the Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, her eldest son the Prince of Wales and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall as she starts the principal beacon to celebrate her big day.

Listed roughly from east to west are the Sussex events:


The beacon in the Swan Meadow Playing Field, Ham Lane, will be lit at 8.30pm. Arrive 15 minutes early if possible.


A beacon lighting party runs from 6pm until 8.30pm, taking place at the Bandstand and the beaches west of the bandstand.

There is a torch-lit procession, followed by the lighting of the beacon by mayor of Eastbourne Janet Coles and a firework display.

There will be no public access to lower promenade between the Bandstand and Wish Tower Car Park.


Heathfield and Waldron Parish Council invites residents to join them for a ceremony in Cade Street from 6.45pm. The Beacon will be lit at 7.30pm by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Angela Sellick.

There will be a fancy dress competition for children with a theme of red, white and blue. Food and soft drinks will be available to buy.


There is an event at Goldsmith's Recreation Ground. Bring your own picnic and raise a glass for the lighting at 7.30pm.


The village is joining in the celebrations and will light a beacon. A torchlit procession starts off from the Tye at around 6pm. The bonfire beacon is up near the South Downs Way at the top of Kings Ride in Alfriston. It will be lit at about 7.30pm.


The mayor of Uckfield, Louise Eastwood, will light a beacon at the Victoria Pleasure Ground from 7.30pm.

The bells from Holy Cross Church will ring out across the town at the same time.

The Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society will be present, as will local resident Ron Cragg, who turned 90 last week.

There will also be entertainment by the Uckfield Performance Ensemble, and refreshments will be available.


The public can get into Newhaven Fort for free to see a beacon being lit. Doors open at 6.30pm and there will be music from the Maestro Academy Players, followed by the lighting of a ceremonial beacon at 7.30pm by Newhaven Town Council.

The Tea Room and some exhibitions will also be open.

The Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Peter Field, will be attending this event.


There will be a beacon lit on The Green in Newick at 8.30pm.


Mayor Robert Robertson will be lighting a beacon at the Dell at 8.30pm.

There will not be a particular event attached to the evening but residents are welcome to attend.


The town marks the occasion with a beacon-lighting ceremony at East Court. There will be entertainment and refreshments from 7pm with the lighting taking place at 7.30pm.


At 7.30pm, a beacon will be lit at Ditchling Beacon. Anyone is welcome to attend but parking is limited.


Burgess Hill Town Council will light a beacon in St John’s Park from 7pm until 8pm.

School choirs and Burgess Hill Marching Youth will be performing and town mayor Anne Jones will light the beacon.

Cllr Jones said: “I am delighted Burgess Hill Town Council will be lighting the beacon in St John’s Park to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday.

"It is wonderful that the children of Burgess Hill are coming together to celebrate this joyful occasion.

"We invite the community to join us in celebrating this historic event.”


A beacon will be lit in Tilgate Park at 7.30pm. The event has been organised by Crawley Borough Council.


Arrive from 7.45pm at the beacon opposite the Beach Office in Marine Parade. The beacon will be lit by the mayor of Worthing at 8.30pm.

There will be singing of the National Anthem and reading of the message from the Prince of Wales.


From 7pm on the seafront where there will be entertainment from The Silhouette Show and the Littlehampton Sea Cadets Band and refreshments provided by the 4th Littlehampton Scouts. The seafront beacon near Banjo Road will be lit at 8.15pm.

Brighton and Hove's mayor, Lynda Hyde, will be attending this event.


Go to the Esplanade Bandstand from 6pm for live music from George's Jazz Band and Celebration Samba before a seafront beacon is lit at 7.30pm by the mayor.

There will also be 50 golden ducks hidden in the sand on the beach.


Selsey Town Council chairman Mike Beal will read out a brief birthday message before lighting the beacon at 7.30pm. It is hoped the Pagham beacon will light before the Selsey beacon is lit. All are welcome to this celebration.

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