Jubilee beacon to light up Thorpe

A beacon will shine across the outskirts of Norwich as Thorpe St Andrew is to light up for the diamond jubilee next year.

It will be one of thousands of beacons to be lit around the world in June 4 commemorate the Queen's 60-year reign over the UK and Commonwealth.

Across Norfolk a dozen organisations have already registered their beacons, but the Pageantmaster of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons, Bruno Peek, from Gorleston, who has had a successful and long career in organising beacon events, is hoping there will be at least 60 in the county to mark each year the Queen has been on the throne.

The council in Thorpe St Andrew built a beacon in 1992 for Beacon Europe when a chain was lit across the then 12 countries of the European Community in celebration of the official opening of the single European market.

Thorpe town clerk Steven Ford said: 'We have had a long history of beacons. The council wants to make the Queen's diamond jubilee a very special event.'

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The council is currently refurbishing the beacon before the big event but it will be back in place for 2012. It should be high enough at two and a half metres to be seen from Whitlingham Broad and beyond.

Although final plans have not been made for an event at the recreation ground on Laundry Lane there are also proposals for a firework display.

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Mr Ford said: 'We are very keen to make it a night to remember in Thorpe St Andrew.'

Mr Peek said he had been pleased with the response so far from the county.

'We've only got another 48 to go to reach the target of 60 in Norfolk,' he added.

The Queen's diamond jubilee beacons will be lit on Monday, June 4, 2012. To find out more or to register a beacon go to www.diamondjubileebeacons. co.uk.

Have you organised an event for the diamond jubilee next year? Contact reporter Annabelle Dickson on 01603 772426 or email annabelle.dickson@archant.co.uk.

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