Invitation to light church beacon in Downham Market

Father James Mather and Downham Mayor John Fox are looking for a 90 year old to light the beacon at

Father James Mather and Downham Mayor John Fox are looking for a 90 year old to light the beacon at St Edmunds Church in Downham Market, to mark the 90th Birthday of the Queen. Picture: Matthew Usher.

As The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this year, Downham Market will mark the occasion on April 21 by lighting the beacon, which overlooks the town on the hill at St Edmund's Church. And a 90-year-old resident is being invited to officially light the flame.

The town council is inviting a 90-year-old resident – if possible, someone with the same birthday as Her Majesty – to be the person that officially lights the beacon's flame.

Town clerk Jean Markwell said: 'At the moment, we are specifically looking for a 90-year-old from Downham Market.

'It would be perfect if we could find someone who shares the same birthday as Her Majesty – but we do understand this could be quite rare for such a small town.'

She added: 'Please get in touch if you know someone who would like to participate – it is a lovely opportunity.'

The beacon at St Edmund's Church stands prominently on the hill of Church Road, outside the church. When lit, the flame can be seen across the town. Events are being organised across the country to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.

A series of official Royal engagements will be held in May and June.

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Among them, the Queen and Members of the Royal Family will attend a pageant celebrating her life at Home Park, in Windsor Castle, between May 12 and 15. If you, or someone you know, would like to light the beacon at St Edmund's Church, contact Downham Market Town Council on 01366 387770.

Are you organising a special event to mark the Queen's 90th birthday? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk