Hastings marks the Queen’s 90th birthday

Picture by Kevin Boorman SUS-160422-112215001
Picture by Kevin Boorman SUS-160422-112215001

Hastings joined towns and villages across the UK in lighting a beacon to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday yesterday (Thursday, April 21).

Speeches were made by the Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Bruce Dowling, and the High Sheriff of East Sussex Michael Foster DL before the East Hill beacon was lit by volunteers from Hastings Borough Bonfire society and Hastings-based Renegade Pyrotechnics.

Hastings mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling, and the High Sheriff of East Sussex Michael Foster DL. Picture by Kevin Boorman SUS-160422-112152001

Hastings mayor Cllr Bruce Dowling, and the High Sheriff of East Sussex Michael Foster DL. Picture by Kevin Boorman SUS-160422-112152001

Beacons were also lit at various locations across Rother, including Bexhill, Battle, Rye, Fairlight and Winchelsea.

Meanwhile Hastings’ town crier, Jon Bartholomew, thought Her Majesty’s birthday was something to shout about and he made a celebratory cry on Winkle Island, in the presence of mayor Bruce Dowling and deputy mayor Judy Rogers.

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Hastings' town crier, Jon Bartholomew, making a celebratory cry for the queen's birthday, Winkle Island. Photo by Sid Saunders.

Also pictured, mayor Bruce Dowling and deputy mayor Judy Rogers. SUS-160422-074704001

Hastings' town crier, Jon Bartholomew, making a celebratory cry for the queen's birthday, Winkle Island. Photo by Sid Saunders. Also pictured, mayor Bruce Dowling and deputy mayor Judy Rogers. SUS-160422-074704001

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