The beacon is lit in Norwich to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday
- Credit: Steve Adams
Crowds waved flags and shed tears during the Queen's birthday celebration.
Hundreds of people gathered outside City Hall to wish a 'remarkable woman' a happy birthday yesterday.
The church bells rang and opera singer, Emma Nuule, entertained onlookers.
People of all ages waved their Union Flags during the young singer's performance on the top of City Hall's steps.
Ann Watkins, 64, from Attleborough, said: 'We had to come, it is the Queen's birthday and we couldn't go to Windsor, she is an amazing woman, I love her to bits.'
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Another well wisher, Jenny Wenn, 50, from north Norwich, said: 'We are not going to have another 90 year old Queen in our life time, she is a remarkable woman.'
The hall was lit up in red, white and blue.
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Many visitors dressed up in the iconic colours and one little girl, Devanshi Jain, 4, insisted on dressing as a princess for Her Majesty.
Crowds rushed to the bottom of City Hall's steps to see the beacon being lit.
Bill Ewers, 90. from Norwich, had the honour of lighting the beacon - as he too was celebrating his 90th birthday yesterday.
The Queen lit the beacon in Windsor at 7pm, and Norwich followed suit.
Onlookers erupted in applause when the fire leapt from the beacon - one of hundreds lit across the country.
Happy birthday was sang by all and hip-hip-hoorays followed.
Brenda Arthur, the Lord Major, read Prince Charles' speech commemorating his mother's milestone.
'Thank you for coming and here in Norwich we do know how to party,' she said.