Norwich City Council reveal plans for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations

Queen Elizabeth II whose 90th birthday is fast approaching and soon the nation will celebrate the mi

Queen Elizabeth II whose 90th birthday is fast approaching and soon the nation will celebrate the milestone of its longest-lived monarch. - Credit: PA

Norwich will host a community celebration next week to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

Crowds are invited to gather outside City Hall, which will be lit up in red, white and blue, on Thursday April 21 from 6.30pm.

At 7pm, the City Crier will call the crowd to attention ahead of the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Brenda Arthur's welcome, which will include a message written by the Prince of Wales.

Following the Queen lighting the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle, Norwich will light a beacon at the top of City Hall steps – one of more than 1,000 to be lit throughout the world before a singer takes to the City Hall steps with a rendition of Happy Birthday.

Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Brenda Arthur, said: 'The 21st promises to be an exciting day up and down the country as the nation celebrates the Queen's landmark birthday.

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'Locally we want to host a real community event, which all are welcome to attend and get into the celebratory spirit.

I look forward to welcoming all who attend and the real icing on the birthday cake will be if we can find a local person to help lead the city in its celebrations.'

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Do you share a birthday with the Queen?

The Lord Mayor of Norwich is on the look out for anyone who lives in Norwich and shares their 90th birthday with Her Majesty. She would like to extend an invitation to any Norwich residents sharing the Queen's birthday – 21 April 1926 – to join her for afternoon tea in her parlour and in lighting the beacon.

•Contact Max Aldridge of Norwich City Council's civic office by Monday 18 April by emailing or calling 01603 212 081 if you are able to accept this invitation to be the Lord Mayor's guest.

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