VIDEO: Three cheers to Her Majesty as Peterborough wishes her a happy 90th birthday in beacon-lighting ceremony

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It was three cheers to Her Majesty as royalists and well-wishers in Peterborough celebrated the monarch’s 90th birthday.

A short ceremony outside the Town Hall in Bridge Street culminated with the lighting of a beacon and the playing of the national anthem for the crowd to sing along to.

Mayor of Peterborough John Peach lighting the beacon outside of the Town Hall

Mayor of Peterborough John Peach lighting the beacon outside of the Town Hall

Mayor of Peterborough John Peach read to the audience a note sent from Prince Charles which thanked the public for its response to his mother’s birthday.

He said: “I’m delighted many people throughout the United Kingdom are coming together to light beacons in celebration of my mother.

“It is a wonderful gesture which I know has deeply touched her.”

Among the crowd was a group of 30 boisterous prison officers from HMP Whitemoor in March who were certainly enjoying the occasion.

Paul Burns toasting the Queen with Mayor of Peterborough John Peach

Paul Burns toasting the Queen with Mayor of Peterborough John Peach

Paul Burns, from Turves, said the group usually celebrate St George’s Day every year, adding: “We are massive royalists. The Royal Family is amazing and we are really proud of the Queen.

“I will be writing to the Queen and telling her about today’s events and sending her a photo.”

Michelle Roper has worked for the Queen since leaving school at 16, beginning with Hardy Amies which was the dressmaker for Her Majesty.

Michelle said she had sewn the dress the Queen had worn when Prince Edward had married Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.

She added: “I love the Queen. I think we should be doing more for our Royal Family. They bring so much and we should be celebrating them.

“The Queen is awesome. I’m so proud to be British and have them as part of our heritage.”

The lighting of the beacon was followed by a Queen’s Birthday Tea Party within the Town Hall. The party was hosted by the mayor to benefit his official charities and local voluntary organisation, Senior Stop.