North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham led the area’s tributes to the Queen during a special House of Commons session yesterday to mark her becoming Britain’s longest reigning monarch.
Mr Bellingham paid tribute to her service to the nation and her work to transform the Sandringham estate, which is part of his constituency.
He said: “Under her passionate guidance, Sandringham has been transformed from a sleepy agricultural estate to one of the most thriving and diversified estates in Britain.
“During her two or three visits a year, Her Majesty always finds time to attend a number of local events.
“I have noticed that on these occasions, after she has talked with the mayor and the MP, she invariably wants to meet real people. As a result, there are probably more people in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk who have met Her Majesty than in any other part of the country.
“On behalf of my constituency and the community, I would like to put on the record my deep gratitude to Her Majesty for enhancing the lives of so many people and bringing joy to so many families. Long may she reign over us.”
Meanwhile, the bells of King’s Lynn Minster were also rung on Wednesday to mark the milestone. The ringers were Peter Jackson, Norman Rule, Jon Benstead, David Truman, Wendy Twite, Alan Polaine, Carole Reeve, Val and Paul Ruston, Jan Russell and Stephen King.