Tree planting and flag flying to mark Queen’s special day

A special tree planting ceremony at Beccles Museum to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.PHOTO: Nic

A special tree planting ceremony at Beccles Museum to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Events were held across the Waveney Valley today to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday.

In Beccles, a tree was planted at the town's museum to mark the occasion.

The planting ceremony held yesterday lunchtime included a bagpipe rendition of happy birthday, and prayers led by priest in charge of Beccles the Rev Rich Henderson.

Beccles mayor Hugh Taylor said: 'Beccles was famously granted its Charter by Queen Elizabeth I during whose reign the town, indeed the country as a whole, experienced a period of almost unprecedented stability and prosperity.

'Many comparisons and similarities can be drawn between the first and the second Elizabethan periods in our history.

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'The town undoubtedly benefitted from both reigns and has every prospect of continuing to do so for as long as Elizabeth II is our Queen, and we trust well beyond her reign.'

Those gathered to watch the unveiling included representatives from local schools and charitable organisations.

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A bench was also unveiled in the garden to mark the mid point of the centenary of the First World War.

It was unveiled by Beccles Town Council's Youth Champion team, led by Sam Kenward and Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw along with students from Beccles schools.

Headteacher at Beccles Free School Nigel Youngman said: 'It was great to be a part of the town's celebrations for the Queen's 90th.

'It was a brilliant occasion that highlighted the real community spirit here in Beccles. From all at Beccles Free School, we wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday!'

Meanwhile bells were rung in the tower of St Michael's Church, which also flew the Union Flag, along with Galleon Storage and Mooring in Puddingmoor.

The boatyard replaced their defunct old flag pole with a new one to fly the flag and mark the occasion.

The Barnby and North Cove Social Club and Bowls Club held a celebration buffet to mark the Queen's milestone.

It was held at North Cove Village Hall, which was decorated in patriotic red white and blue, and enjoyed by all members.

At Worlingham Primary School, pupils learnt more about the milestone with a special display of memorabilia associated with her reign, loaned to the school by local resident Helen Smith.

The children will also be treated to a special coin to commemorate the occasion, donated by Worlingham Parish Council and the Friends of the School.

The special occasion was also marked with the lighting of beacons in Bungay and Topcroft.

What did you do to celebrate the Queen's big day? Email the details and pictures to or call 01502 715674 to speak to a reporter.

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