A town in Epping Forest will join hundreds of others around the country as it lights a beacon to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Epping Town Council will light the beacon on April 21 as the longest reigning British monarch marks her birthday.

Queen Elizabeth II herself will light the first in the series at Windsor Castle, followed by more than 560 others around the country.

The Epping ceremony will be at the Frampton Road recreation ground.

The open event starts at 7pm and the beacon will be lit at 7.30pm.

Town clerk Beverley Rumsey said: “Epping Town Council are delighted to be taking part in this important event and invite everyone to come and join us for what we hope will be a memorable occasion.

“It’s the kind of thing that children will remember for years to come.”