West Norfolk prepares for Queen’s 90th birthday weekend

Roaring Twenties pre pic event for Queen's 90th birthday, taken at King's Lynn Town Hall.
Cabinet member Cllr Avril Wright (back left) joins the celebrations ANL-160906-122741009

Roaring Twenties pre pic event for Queen's 90th birthday, taken at King's Lynn Town Hall. Cabinet member Cllr Avril Wright (back left) joins the celebrations ANL-160906-122741009

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Communities across West Norfolk are gearing up for a packed weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Dozens of events are taking place across the borough over the next few days, to coincide with the monarch’s official birthday.

Many schools are holding celebratory events today and, this evening, 15 90-year-old residents of Swaffham will be presented with commemorative medals during an event at the Assembly Rooms.

But one of the biggest events of the weekend will be in Lynn’s Windsor Road, where a street party will be taking place tomorrow from noon until 5pm.

A committee of residents, led by the landlady of the Live and Let Live pub Rozi Woods, has organised the celebration, which is also raising funds for the West Norfolk Young Carers.

The community organised similar celebrations for both the Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

And Mrs Woods said: “It brings the community together.There are people on the street that aren’t Royalist, but they still enjoy the event because it’s nice to get to know everybody else who lives in the street.”

Elsewhere, a host of activities will be on offer in the Walks from 10am as part of the inaugural Celebrate King’s Lynn day, a festival which has been organised by representatives of several town churches.

Although it coincides with the Queen’s birthday this year, officials say they hope to establish it as an annual event.

And celebrations are also planned in Dersingham, Heacham, St Germans, where the celebrations are combined with the village church’s annual flower festival, and Wimbotsham, where the village’s beacon will be lit.

On Sunday, West Norfolk’s annual Civic Service, which takes place at King’s Lynn Minster at 11.30am, will be combined with a service of thanksgiving to mark the Queen’s birthday.

The borough council is also hosting a Roaring Twenties event across the Tuesday Market Place, Town Hall and Baxter’s Plain, with attractions including music, dances, fairground stalls and the chance to have a go at craft activities.

The Lynn Museum will also be open during the day.

The celebrations also coincide with the King’s Lynn Lions’ Annual Fun Day, which is on in the Walks from noon and features a funfair and falconry display, as well as demonstrations by the Imps Motorcycle Stunt Display team, the Streetwise dance group and the Kuk Soolwon martial arts group.

And the village of Ingoldisthorpe is hosting a Gathering on the Green at its recreation ground from 2pm.

n Here is your guide to the celebratory events happening in West Norfolk this weekend:

Saturday

10am-2pm – Watlington Pre-School Craft Fayre.

10am-3pm – Dersingham in the Second Elizabethan Age exhibition, St Nicholas Church, Dersingham.

10am-4pm – Queen’s 90th birthday party, St Germans Memorial Hall.

10am-6pm – Celebrate King’s Lynn, The Walks, Lynn.

12noon-5pm – Street Party organised by Live and Let Live pub, Windsor Road, Lynn

1pm – Community picnic with competitions and cake, including beacon lighting at 9pm, Wimbotsham village green.

3-5pm – Queen’s 90th birthday party, Heacham Recreation Ground

7.30pm – Celebratory summer concert with David Stowell and Bilton Silver Band, St Nicholas Church, Dersingham.

Sunday

10am-4pm – Roaring Twenties, Tuesday Market Place, Lynn

11.30am – Civic service and procession, Lynn Minster

12noon-4pm – Bring your own picnic, Wereham village hall

1-6pm – Charity party, Wormegay and Tottenhill village hall

2pm – Ingoldisthorpe Gathering on the Green