SHINING A LIGHT
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.