WITH the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen just 24 hours away, organisers in both Redditch and Studley are preparing for an evening of festivities to mark the occasion.
Redditch residents can show their patriotism and enjoy an evening of entertainment at the Bandstand on Church Green from 6.15pm tomorrow (Thursday).
The Salvation Army Band will kick off proceedings, treating guests to a performance between 6.15pm and 7.15pm before Bel Canto Choir tune up for their rendition from 7.15pm to 7.30pm.
Following the performances, the official HM Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Beacon will be lit at 7.30pm.
While over in Studley, villagers will be celebrating by lighting their very own Beacon in Her Majesty’s honour on the Recreational Ground in Pool Road at 7.30pm.
The beacon will be lit by the vice chairman of Studley Parish Council, Councillor Jim Bacon accompanied by his Consort Mrs Jean Bacon.
Prior to the lighting, Studley Beavers will read a poem and a prayer of thanksgiving will be given by the Reverend Steve Dunton and the Redditch Orchestra will play the National Anthem.
Both events will mirror celebrations across the country as the nation follows the lead set by Prince Charles who will invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle.
This will be followed by the lighting of beacons along the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park, including one at the Copper Horse, and then over 1,000 beacons will be lit throughout the UK, including the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and beyond.
Britain has a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons.