Gravesham to light a beacon for Queen’s 90th birthday among other celebrations

PUBLISHED: 12:21 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 12:21 12 April 2016

Kent residents host street party for Queen's Jubilee last year

Kent residents host street party for Queen's Jubilee last year


Do you share a birthday with the Queen?

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday next week, Gravesham Borough Council has announced a number of events and activities.

On the evening of Thursday, April 21, the Queen will light a beacon in Windsor and hundreds of other districts, including Gravesham, will follow suit lighting their own.

The Mayor of Gravesham will light the beacon on Windmill Hill at 7.30pm.

The next event in the celebrations calendar is 90 years of motoring in Gravesend Town Centre on 23 April - a full day of entertainment for all of the family where the town will be filled with classic and vintage modes of transport from the past nine decades.

Gravesham has also taken part in the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign, during which there were litter picks in Northfleet, Chalky Bank, Meopham, Shorne, Chalk, Baltic Wharf, Cyclopark, Istead Rise and Luddesdown, with more than 100 volunteers including 1st Northfleet Scouts collecting more than 200 bags of rubbish and filling a skip.

Community Involvement Officer Kirsty Gaunt said: “Being involved in the community clean ups has been fun, people have really come together to help make our borough a nicer, cleaner place.

“The council is keen to encourage litter picks throughout the year.”

The council is also looking for residents who have a 90th birthday this year to join hundreds of young people on Community Square on June 10 for a street party with musical entertainment.

Those also celebrating their 90th are urged to get in touch with so that an official invite can be sent.

This event is by invitation only but spectators are welcome.

Street part applications for road closures on Saturday June 11 or Sunday June 12 are also being considered by Kent County Council.

The closing date for all applications is May 23, and more information is available at

This year’s Fusion Festival organised by Cohesion Plus, in partnership with the council, will be held on 11 June and will celebrate the Queen’s birthday and her dedication to the commonwealth.

There will be music and entertainment throughout the day for the whole family to enjoy.

The local branch of Royal British Legion is organising a Poppy Picnic in the Fort Gardens Bandstand area on June 12.

There will be food, live music, trade, craft and charity stalls and vintage vehicles.

The fort magazines and Chantry will also be open for the public to enjoy during the day.

Gravesham in Bloom will also adopt the theme of the Queen’s celebrations this year.

For more information regarding these events, visit

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