VIDEO: Beacons lit across West Norfolk to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

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Beacons have been lit in towns and villages across West Norfolk this evening to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Ceremonies have taken place in Lynn, Downham, Hunstanton and Dersingham in honour of the occasion, which saw the monarch herself light a beacon in Windsor.

Hundreds of beacons are being lit across Britain and the Commonwealth as part of the celebrations.

Our video shows the scene in Lynn earlier, where a small crowd of wellwishers watched borough mayor Colin Manning light the beacon on the South Quay.

Mr Manning said the ceremony was taking place as “a token of our heartfelt appreciation of the Queen’s lifetime of service to us all.”

Earlier, North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham paid tribute to the Queen during a special debate in the House of Commons, making particular reference to her annual Christmas and New Year break at Sandringham.

He said: “Her Majesty could easily be excused from coming to her beloved Sandringham to get away from London and the pressures of work and to relax with her family, her horses on the two studs and her dogs, but every year without fail she carries out numerous local visits.

“Many are to the same organisations, but every year she will go and visit new organisations—for example, opening new village halls or a new ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, or some of our local museums or local businesses.

“What I have noticed on those visits is that once she has met the dignitaries — the mayor, the lord lieutenant and the MP — she always makes it clear that she wants to go and meet real people.

“She shows to those people unfailing courtesy, good humour and a deep knowledge of west Norfolk. Time and again, she has brought untold joy and happiness to my constituents on so many different occasions.

“Her Majesty personifies the dignity and civic spirit that are the very best of Norfolk and also the very best of British.”