A BEACON will be lit at one of the highest points in Mirfield as the town joins in the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Members of Mirfield Town Council, Mirfield Round Table and other community groups have teamed up to organise the Thursday, April 21 event at Crossley Farm on Crossley Lane.
Coun Martyn Bolt has secured the agreement of farmer Michael Barber to use one of his fields for the beacon, which will be a large bonfire that should be visible for miles across the district.
Volunteers from Mirfield Round Table, who organise the town’s annual bonfire, will be in charge of the beacon while it’s hoped that traders who had stalls at the Christmas lights switch-on will provide refreshments.
Fireworks and other entertainment are also being organised.
Mr Barber, whose family have owned Crossley Farm since the 1940s, is currently working on improving public access to the field.
He said: “I was happy to help after being approached and we’re cutting in a new roadway and putting down some hardstanding to help prepare the land.”
The site commands spectacular views across Mirfield and beyond and Coun Bolt said: “I believe Mirfield is so far the only location in Kirklees which will form part of a nationwide network of beacons to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. We hope to be able to source fireworks and I have suggested to local churches they may want to co-ordinate bell-ringing at the same time.
“Crossley Farm is a great location, being one of the highest points in the town and accessible to many.
“We’ve put together a partnership of community groups in order to organise this and now we’re looking for businesses who could sponsor the fireworks display or other aspects of the event.”
There is a long tradition of celebrating royal jubilees, weddings, coronations and special birthdays with the lighting of beacons at prominent points and Coun Bolt continued: “Opinions on the Queen and the Royal Family may be mixed but this is a community event and it’s about getting the whole community involved.”