EDP Norfolk - - The Queen At 90 -

Around the county, in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and clubs will cel­e­brate The Queen’s very spe­cial 90th birth­day. She is the first reign­ing monarch to reach the mile­stone and it will be marked with events in­clud­ing the light­ing of more than 700 bea­cons around the coun­try.

So far, some 20 Nor­folk com­mu­ni­ties have re­vealed plans to light a bea­con in The Queen’s hon­our on the evening of her birth­day, on April 21.

These in­clude: Acle; Cromer; Down­ham Mar­ket; Fak­en­ham; Fel­brigg Hall; Gorleston; Holkham beach; Hon­ing; Hun­stan­ton; King’s Lynn; Ling­wood; Nor­wich; Oxbor­ough Hall; Hop­ton; Sher­ing­ham; Stokesby; Thetford and Thorpe St Andrew.

Bea­cons have long been used as a way of mark­ing spe­cial royal events and in re­cent years they have be­come cen­tral to our cel­e­bra­tions once more, thanks to the ef­forts of Gor­leston­based Pageant­mas­ter and event co­or­di­na­tor Bruno Peek, who or­gan­ised the light­ing of thou­sands of bea­cons across the UK to mark the Mil­len­num on New Year’s Eve, 1999, and The Queen’s Golden and Di­a­mond Ju­bilee.

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