Diamond Jubilee events planned across the region so far

Towns and villages in Norfolk prepare to celebrate the Queen's anniversary.

Celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee will be taking place across the region and plans are well underway for a range of events.

Organising committees have been working to ensure villages and towns will be enjoying the fun over the Bank Holiday weekend in June.

Beacons will be lit, fetes held and concerts played to mark the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

The EDP will be publishing a series of special supplements to celebrate the occasion on January 24, February 21, March 20, April 17, May 22 (which includes a full diary of events) and June 12.

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ACLE: Street party and entertainment on Sunday, June 3.

ATTLEBOROUGH: Young people are being given the opportunity to design a new monument in honour of the jubilee. Attleborough Jubilee Partnership – a group of town councillors and representatives from various community organisations – hopes to utilise the artistic talents of youngsters to create a new piece which will encapsulate the spirit of the celebrations. It is hoped the new monument will be placed in Queen's Square in time to mark the anniversary on June 5. Entries must be submitted to the Town Hall by January 14 and can come from individuals or groups. A judging panel will pick the design which will be commissioned to local craftsmen.

For more information contact Marjorie Clementson at the town council on 01953 456194 or email enquiries@attleboroughtc.org.uk

BECCLES: Town councillor Eric Wareham is aiming for a 'day to remember' and is urging people to share their ideas and get involved.

He is calling for any volunteers and anyone with ideas for celebrating to contact him at the Town Hall via the deputy town clerk, Jula Janney. He added: 'I would be looking at inviting schools, organisations and the local community to put forward their nominations so that a representative group can take part in a celebration on the Sunday before the bank holidays.'

For more information email the town council at admin@beccles.info or call 01502 712109.

BELTON: Anybody interested in the proposed fete on Monday, June 4, is welcome to a meeting on Thursday at 7pm at the New Road Sport and Leisure Centre, Belton to see if there is sufficient help available for it to go ahead. The parish council has made the New Road Sport Field and building available and an initial steering group has agreed the date. There are various expressions of interest but help is needed both on the day and on the committee for it to go ahead.

Further information is available from Kate Palmer, Belton and Browston parish clerk either by calling 01493 602960 or emailing beltonparish@yahoo.co.uk

BRECKLAND: The district council wants to create a living landmark in the district to commemorate the occasion. The council is calling on community groups, landowners and individuals to identify and put forward pieces of land that have the potential to become the 'Breckland Jubilee Wood'. The Breckland initiative is part of the wider 'Jubilee Woods Project' organised by the Woodland Trust to mark 60 years of the Queen's reign by creating hundreds of new woodlands throughout the land. The trust will provide trees free of charge.

For further information about the project, contact Kate Haselton-Glee on 01362 656870.

CROMER: Flames, fireworks and flags are among the attractions lined up as the town has set up a working group to ensure a party. The foundations are already being laid for three days of revelry from June 3-5. The church bells will ring on the Monday; there are plans for a putting competition at North Lodge Park, while a garden will be planted in the park. A beacon will be lit, either outside North Lodge or further along the cliffs by the lighthouse and there will be a firework display. A children's fancy dress contest is also planned. The event will also mark 750 years since the first recorded mention of Cromer as a settlement in historic documents.

GREAT YARMOUTH: Celebrations are being planned and it all starts on the week beginning May 21, when bunting will appear in King Street down to St George's Chapel, at the top of Regent Road and in between BhS, Market Gates, Clarks and Greenwoods. A two-day British village fete and food fair will be held at St George's Park on Saturday, June 2. The event will be based on the theme of the last diamond jubilee in 1897 – for Queen Victoria – with stall holders in period costume. Festivities will continue on Monday, June 4 at the seafront Anchor Gardens where the beacon will be lit at approximately 10.30pm, and run alongside a fireworks display. A civic reception is being planned at the Great Yarmouth Minster on Tuesday, June 5 where the Winterton Cadet Force marching band will lead dignitaries from the Town Hall to the Minster through the Market Place. Meanwhile, proposed celebrations will take place at a Great Yarmouth races on Tuesday, June 5 and Gorleston Rotary Club have arranged for Great Yarmouth Brass to perform at the Gorleston Bandstand on Sunday, June 3 from 2-4pm.

HARLESTON: Residents are planning a picnic in the park at the recreation ground on Monday, June 4. The next organising meeting will be held in the Swan Hotel on January 24 at 7.30pm.

Anyone looking to get involved can contact Ruth Brown, 01379 852953, Kath Machin, 01379 854347, or Hazel Newman, 01379 852853.

HELLESDON: Work has started to celebrate the jubilee at Hellesdon High School where pupils are marking the occasion by submitting work for a jubilee time capsule. The capsule will contain newspaper cuttings, photographs and memories from ordinary people throughout the Commonwealth. Pupils from Hellesdon High School plan to submit 20 good quality pieces to the time capsule to be in with the chance of winning prizes for the school.

KING'S LYNN: A special exhibition of photographs is being planned for the Mayor's Parlour in the historic town hall. It will be opened on June 2.

Anyone wishing to submit photos for inclusion should contact the civics officer on 01553 762124 or by emailing civics.officer@west-norfolk.gov.uk in the first instance. Photographs should not be sent prior to contacting the Civics Office.

Borough mayor Colin Sampson has also created the Diamond Jubilee Awards for Voluntary Service. Nominations for these special Diamond Jubilee Awards are now being invited. Anyone can be nominated as long as they are a resident of the borough and have been doing voluntary work for the community for a period of at least 20 years. This includes existing holders of a Mayor's Civic Award for Voluntary Service.

Nomination forms are available from the civics officer by emailing: civics.officer@west-norfolk.gov.uk or by calling 01553 762124. Nominations must be received by January 18 and the awards ceremony will take place in March.

OUTWELL: Village fun day on Monday, June 4 with parade and variety of events.

Help is still required and further information available by emailing: jubilee@outwellvillage.co.uk or see www.outwellvillage.co.uk. The next fundraiser is a 'Snail Race Night' at the village hall on Saturday, February 4. Tickets will be on sale soon and included in the price will be a sausage and chip supper.

SHERINGHAM: The jubilee will be marked on Sunday, June 3 and the town council has already organised the venue, car parking and theme for the celebrations – Sheringham's Big Picnic. The council is calling on residents, groups, charities and organisations to get involved with the rest of the plans. The town sports field will be transformed into a large garden-style party and host a huge variety of activities and entertainment, including a morning church service and an evening rock concert. The picnic will be free to all and groups and residents are invited to a meeting to suggest ideas and help develop the plans. The meeting is being held at Sheringham Community Centre from 7.30pm on Friday, January 27.

SHIMPLING: St George's Church, Shimpling is hosting a double celebration on Tuesday June, 5.

It will be the the 25th anniversary of the vesting of St George's in the Churches Conservation Trust on June and to mark this event and the jubilee. Celebratory cake and wine will be available at the church between 2 and 4pm.

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