Norwich to mark the Queen’s birthday in lights

City Hall and Norwich Market. Picture: Denise Bradley

City Hall and Norwich Market. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant copyright 2012

City Hall is set to be lit up in red, white and blue tonight as the city joins with communities across the county in celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.

Crowds are being invited to bring along their Union flags and gather outside City Hall, in St Peters Street, for the celebrations which begin from 6.30pm with the ringing of the bells of St Peter Mancroft.

At 7pm the city crier will call the crowd to attention ahead of the lord mayor of Norwich, Brenda Arthur, giving a welcome which will include a message written by the Prince of Wales.

Following the Queen lighting the Principal Beacon at Windsor Castle, at 7pm, Norwich will light a beacon at the top of City Hall steps – one of more than 1,000 to be lit throughout the United Kingdom and beyond – and the crowd will be encouraged to sing Happy Birthday.

As well as City Hall being specially lit up for evening, the building will also fly the Union Flag throughout the day. Bill Ewers, who shares his 90th birthday with the Queen will be among those joining the lord mayor for afternoon tea in her parlour.

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Other celebratory events taking place today include an indoor street party at Hethersett Library from 2pm and beacon lightings at Laundry Lane, Thorpe St Andrew (7pm), Acle Bridge Inn (8.30pm), Cliff Hotel, Gorleston (8.30pm) and Porterhouse Bar and Grill, Gorleston (8.30pm). There will also be a beacon lighting at the South Norfolk Council headquarters in Swan Lane, Long Stratton, at 7.30pm, as well as festivities from 5.30pm including a brass band, entertainers, face painters and stalls.

The festivities will continue at the weekend, with The Anglian Singers presenting a Springtime Concert at All Saints' Church, Little Melton, at 7.30pm on Saturday. Acle Recreation Centre will host a birthday tea party from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday.

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