West Norfolk beacons to celebrate Queen at 90

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Beacons will be lit in communities across West Norfolk this Thursday to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

More than 1,000 beacons are set to be lit across Britain and the Commonwealth to mark the occasion.

And one of those is in the village of Dersingham, where parish councillors and guide leaders are inviting residents to join in the celebrations.

The beacon, which is in the grounds of St Nicholas Church Hall, is scheduled to be lit at 8.30pm by a member of the Sandringham Guides.

The guides are co-hosting the festivities with the village’s parish council.

Council chairman Sue Payne said: “We are pleased to take part in this momentous occasion and we are grateful to the Sandringham Guides for helping us with the event, which will be wonderful for the community.”

Elsewhere, the beacon lighting will form part of a celebratory evening in Downham, which starts at 7pm.

Residents of the town who are celebrating their 90th birthdays this year are being invited to attend the festivities, which will also include music from the Downham Swing Orchestra.

Beacons are also set to be lit on Lynn’s South Quay and in the cliff top car park in Hunstanton at 8.30pm on Thursday.