Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to stay safe this Thursday (21 April) as celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday get underway.
With 10 official beacon lighting ceremonies, and many residents in Lincolnshire planning their own celebrations, the Brigade is offering advice to stay safe.
Shona Wright, community safety manager at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, said: “This event is a great opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate the Queen’s birthday and there’s set to be many celebrations across the county on Thursday.
“We don’t want to put a dampener on things – we just want to remind people to keep safe around fire – so ensuring children are supervised at all times, and making sure that everyone is stool well back at a safe distance from the beacon.
“If residents are creating their own beacon to celebrate the birthday, we’ve put together some tips on creating a safe environment, which include: location of the beacon, advice on lighting the beacon and keeping people a safe distance away from the beacon.”
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s top tips:
* Position beacons away from sheds, fences and trees.
* Don’t build beacons too big and make sure the stack is stable so it doesn’t collapse.
* Check the beacon before lighting it to ensure there are no children or pets are nearby.
* Don’t use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going as it may get out of control quickly. Use paper and firelighters instead.
* Construct a safety barrier out of ropes and stakes or scaffold poles to ensure public is kept at a safe distance from the fire.
* Don’t leave beacons unattended.
* Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby just in case.
Official Beacon lightings:
Corby Glen – The parish council organised event will see a ceremony on the village green followed by the bonfire beacon lighting at 7.30pm.
Metheringham – The North Kesteven village are opening up the village hall, will be offering refreshments and the town crier will announce the ceremony. The chairman of the parish council will be lighting the beacon at 7.30pm after the reading off a message from Prince Charles and a rendition of God Save the Queen.
Normanby Hall Country Park – The North Lincolnshire Council organised event will see the Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Cllr Helen Rowson, lighting a celebration beacon at the country park at 7.30pm.
Belton Estate – The National Trust country house and estate near Grantham will have music, a hog roast and fireworks along with the ceremonial beacon lighting at 7.30pm.
Gunby Estate - The National Trust property in Spilsby are holding a private beacon lighting together with a fire safety training exercise, but so people don’t miss out they have promised to send us some pictures.
Tattershall Castle - They will be having a low-key private ceremony to light the beacon.
Crowland – The village in the South Holland District of Lincolnshire are part of the official chain of beacons and lighting should take place at 7.30pm but we have been unable to the organisers, the parish council, to confirm.
North East Lincolnshire - North East Lincolnshire are listed as an official organisation but we have been unable to reach them to confirm details.
Horncastle Town Council - Celebrations start with the beacon lighting ceremony at Scrivelsby (St Benedict’s Church field). Gates open at 6.30 pm with the beacon Lighting at 8pm. There will also be a firework display, hot dogs and a Licensed Bar. Admission is £5 per car.
Woolsthorpe Manor - details still to be confirmed.