CUMBRIANS celebrated the Queen's 90th birthday yesterday in a series of special events. 

Beacons were lit on fell tops across Cumbria last night, lighting up the sky for Her Majesty's milestone birthday.


Kendal Castle beacon was lit by two cubs from the 1st Kendal Scout Group, whose club was hit badly by the December storms. 

Beacons were also lit in Brigsteer next to the Lumley Fee Bunkhouse and Helsington Church, at Selside on Whiteside, and on Heversham Head.

As well as lighting the beacons, Heversham staged a pudding party at the Athenaeum.

Ian Richards, who co-ordinated the Heversham beacon lighting, said that the atmosphere was 'wonderful' and the event was well attended.

Warton Parish Council invited residents to the lighting of the beacon on Warton Crag and one also shone on the moorland near Bentham.

There was also a beacon atop Orrest Head overlooking Windermere, and in Brownthwaite, gas beacons were available.

Members of the Cumbria Army Cadet Force took special gas fuelled beacons to the top of Scafell Pike. 

And the celebrations are far from over, as today members of the Yorkshire Association of Change Ringers will attempt to ring a full peal of 5,040 changes at St James' Parish Church, Clapham, starting at 10am. If successful it will take approximately two-and-three-quarter hours to complete and will be the first ever full peal rung at the church.