It may have been bitterly cold on Thursday 21st but a hundred local people and representatives of Islington Council climbed to the highest point in the borough, our very own Dartmouth Park. They were there to watch the lighting of a beacon to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, one of 350 beacons lit across the country at 8:30.
As dusk fell, council employees put the finishing touches to the beacon - which would not have looked out of place at the entrance to Hogwarts. The Mayor of Islington, Councillor Richard Greening, read a letter of congratulations and people joined in singing the national anthem, accompanied by a piper in highland dress. Local children added their own touch by waving the 'flaming' (battery powered!) torches they had made earlier.
Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!