A beacon to mark Her Majesty The Queen's 90th birthday was lit during a special ceremony at Aggregate Industries’ Bardon Hill site in Coalville, Leicestershire this week.

Queen's 90th birthday

The event, which coincided with beacons being lit across the UK as part of The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations, took place at the top of Bardon Hill – the highest point in Leicestershire – yesterday (Thursday 21st April).

Taking place at dusk, the lighting was presided over by Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Lewer, MEP for the East Midlands, Councillor Nicholas Rushton, Leader of Leicestershire County Council, Councillor John Bridges, Chairman of North West Leicestershire Council, Councillor Terri Eynon, Councillor John Legrys and François Pétry, Chief Executive of Aggregate Industries, in front of a number guests from the local community.

During the event, attendees heard speeches from Andrew Bridgen and François Pétry, as well as music from the Snibston Co-operative Band. The official lighting was carried out by Andrew Bridgen MP.

Aggregate Industries CEO, François Pétry, comments: "Bardon Hill is the highest point in Leicestershire and has been home to our business for more than 150 years. We couldn't think of a better place to celebrate this milestone and we'd like to thank everyone who joined us for this great celebration.

"Aggregate Industries has laid the foundations for many a great Briton, providing materials for the Olympic Stadium and even laying asphalt at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle through our specialist surfacing business, Spadeoak."

Member of Parliament for North West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen, said: "The people of North West Leicestershire are rightly proud of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and I was delighted to be asked by Aggregate Industries to light the beacon in honour of her 90th birthday. The evening was a great example of a community coming together to celebrate our shared admiration for the Royal Family and I would like to thank Aggregate Industries for putting together such an enjoyable event."

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