Blyth beacon marks Queen’s 90th birthday

Kaya Aydeniz, from Bede Academy, and Steve Armstrong-Brown, from Morpeth Road Primary School, with their commemorative books, Coun Kath Nisbet, Civic Head of Northumberland County Council, the Duchess of Northumberland, and William Browne-Swinburne, the High Sheriff of Northumberland. Picture by John Tuttiett
Kaya Aydeniz, from Bede Academy, and Steve Armstrong-Brown, from Morpeth Road Primary School, with their commemorative books, Coun Kath Nisbet, Civic Head of Northumberland County Council, the Duchess of Northumberland, and William Browne-Swinburne, the High Sheriff of Northumberland. Picture by John Tuttiett
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The Duchess of Northumberland joined the people of Blyth to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday last night.

She lit a beacon in the Market Place, one of more than 1,000 across the country and abroad to celebrate the occasion.

The Duchess of Northumberland, Coun Kath Nisbet, Civic Head of Northumberland County Council,  and the High Sheriff of Northumberland, William Browne-Swinburne, at the Blyth beacon. Picture by John Tuttiett

The Duchess of Northumberland, Coun Kath Nisbet, Civic Head of Northumberland County Council, and the High Sheriff of Northumberland, William Browne-Swinburne, at the Blyth beacon. Picture by John Tuttiett

Coun Kath Nisbet, Civic Head of Northumberland County Council, read a message from the Queen and the Prince of Wales. Choirs from Bede Academy and Morpeth Road Primary School sang the National Anthem and Happy Birthday, accompanied by crowds of well-wishers who had gathered for the event.

The children were each presented with a commemorative book to mark the occasion.

Beacons lit up the night sky across the North East last night after the first was lit by the Queen herself outside Windsor Castle.

Some of the region’s iconic sights were bathed in red, white and blue for the evening, including Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Penshaw Monument and the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick.

The Queen is the oldest monarch in British history and now the first to reach 90.