Hounslow will be joining in with the celebrations taking place across the country by lighting a beacon in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday 21 April.
All residents are invited to come along to Lampton Park, (behind the Civic Centre building) from 7pm to 8pm to see the beacon being lit and enjoy an hour of pomp and ceremony to mark the monarch’s landmark birthday.
The honour of lighting the beacon will fall to Hounslow Cadet Sargeant Major Khalil Ahmad, from the Heston Army Cadet Force [ACF].
It is the latest accolade to be given to the 17-year-old, who was recently been made Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet by the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Kenneth Olisa OBE.
Mr Ahmad was appointed in recognition of his outstanding example and devotion to duty as a cadet and to the community.
The Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Nisar Malik will be in attendance and following the beacon being lit, there will be a parade with a brass band.
There will be free parking on a first-come first-served basis at the multi-storey car park at the Civic Centre in Lampton Road for those attending the event.
To celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will invite Her Majesty The Queen to light the Principal Beacon on 21 April at Windsor Castle.
This will be followed by the lighting of a number 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 United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas Territories and a Commonwealth Country to celebrate this landmark birthday.
Many different organisations are taking part from all areas of the local community by lighting Beacons. Beacons will be lit at churches, on farms, country parks, village greens and on country estates. Lighthouses, National Trust and English Heritage properties are also taking part.
The Army Cadet Force are taking special gas fuelled Beacons to the top of the four highest peaks in the UK:
. Ben Nevis – Scotland (1st Battalion Highlanders Army Cadet Force)
. Mount Snowdon – Wales (Clwyd and Gwynedd Army Cadet Force)
. Scafell Pike – England (Cumbria Army Cadet Force)
. Slieve Donard – Northern Ireland (2nd NI Battalion Army Cadet Force)