Celebrations fit for a Queen will mark special birthday

What's your tipple, Ma'am? Landlord Geoff Dade behind the bar at The Oddfellows Arms in Alnwick with a cardboard cut-out of the Queen.
What's your tipple, Ma'am? Landlord Geoff Dade behind the bar at The Oddfellows Arms in Alnwick with a cardboard cut-out of the Queen.

Special events are taking place in various Northumberland communities today to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Oddfellows Arms, in Alnwick, will be commemorating the milestone by running an unusual offer – giving free drinks to anyone who is aged 90 or over.

Meanwhile, beacons will be lit in the town, by the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, as well as in places such as Amble and Ford and Etal, among others.

Oddfellows landlord Geoff Dade said: “Turning 90 is really something to celebrate, so we’ve decided that anyone who is the same age as the Queen or older should drink for free on her birthday.

“We’re also serving afternoon tea in exchange for donations to HospiceCare North Northumberland and have some great British cocktails and flavoured gins.”

Anyone wanting to take advantage of the free drinks offer must prove their date of birth with ID – or a letter from mum! – shown to pub staff.

Geoff added: “We’re hoping that people of all ages will come and raise a glass to our Queen and we’re continuing with our patriotic theme tomorrow and Saturday by celebrating St George’s Day.”

The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland will each be lighting a beacon on top of Alnwick Castle’s Barbican at 4.45pm and people are encouraged to come along.

Amble is hosting an event from 6pm to 8pm on The Braid. There will be music from local band Come Together and a collection for Amble RNLI’s Shannon Lifeboat Appeal. The beacon will be lit at 7.30pm.

Ford and Etal’s beacon at Watchlaw will be lit at the same time, with refreshments from 6.45pm, in exchange for a donation to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Morpeth’s beacon will be lit at 7.30pm at Ha’ Hill. In Berwick, the beacon at Windmill Bastion on the Elizabethan Walls will be lit at 8pm and the Royal Border Bridge will be illuminated red, white and blue from 9.30pm.