Join Norfolk’s Royal Diamond Jubilee beacon celebrations
Details on how to help county light the way for Queen's 60th anniversary
Full details of how you can help Norfolk lead the way in a national celebration of the Queen's diamond jubilee can now be downloaded here on EDP24.
The official organiser of the international project, Bruno Peek, lives in Gorleston and would like to see his home county lighting 60 beacons during the 2012 event - one for each year of the Queen's reign.
With its long-established royal ties through the Queen's beloved Sandringham Estate, the county should be at the forefront of the celebrations to mark her accession to the throne in 1952, said Mr Peek.
'We aim to light 2,012 beacons across the UK and Commonwealth countries on June 4 next year. and I would like to see Norfolk at the forefront of this event,' he explained.
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Special portable beacons, designed for church towers or other highpoints, are also available for the event and Mr Peek hopes they will be used as a centrepiece for celebration parties in the areas they are lit.
'We would very much encourage everyone to use the beacons to raise money for charity through parties or barbecues at the lighting sites,' he said
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The chain of beacons will begin life in the islands of Tonga before spreading across the world and to the UK. The Queen will light a beacon for the nation at Buckingham Palace, which will be the setting for a concert in her honour on Monday, June 4.
Lowestoft, as the country's most easterly town, will be among the first places to light beacons.
St David's in Wales; Britain's northernmost island, and the church of St Clement's on the island of Jersey mark the remaining three compass points to form the UK part of the chain.
The registration document (see link) also outlines the best way of constructing a bonfire-style beacon, along with details of how to buy the portable version which is run by bottled gas. They cost �299 each, plus VAT, with �30 going to charity.
Mr Peek, already known widely for his part in similar such patriotic events in the past, has received permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to put a beacon on the roof of Lambeth Palace for the first time in its history.
Sandringham will have a bonfire beacon of its own within the estate.
Mr Peek, a pageant-master, was responsible for the golden jubilee beacon festivities in 2002, a role that led to him being made a member of the Royal Victorian Order.