Thorpe St Andrew jubilee beacon is tested for big day

Thorpe St Andrew has been putting the finishing touches to its diamond jubilee celebration day as councillors test-fired the community's special beacon.

The town council has organised an afternoon and evening of jubilee fun on Monday, June 4 at the recreation ground in Laundry Lane, and on Tuesday councillors did a practice-run of lighting Thorpe St Andrew's beacon which is to be part of a network of beacons being lit to celebrate the jubilee.

Town Mayor John Ward said: 'The beacon will be lit at 10.15pm as one of the highlights of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations. I am really delighted with the events planned in Thorpe St Andrew, which have already begun with a community orchard and other trees being planted in the town. There are various street parties being organised and many other local groups are contributing to the celebrations.'

Events committee chairman Sue Lawn said the jubilee event was the most ambitious event the council had ever organised.

She said: We hope that there will be fun for all the family, it will be a day to come together and have a really enjoyable time.'

• The jubilee event will be from 2pm until 10.30pm. Entry is free. There will be a hot car show and Harley Davidson motorcycles on display, a dog show, 19th century East Norfolk Militia re-enactment displays, street dancers, children's rides, stalls, and refreshments including afternoon teas, a hog roast, barbecue and beer tent. Live bands from 7pm. At 10.15pm the beacon will be lit followed by a firework display by Atomic Storm.

• Is your community doing something special over the diamond jubilee bank holiday weekend? Email reporter Emma Knights at

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