2nd Marham (RAF) Scouts Diamond Jubilee Beacon/Bonfire
A Diamond Jubilee Beacon/Bonfire was built in Shouldham by 2nd Marham (RAF) Scouts. It was lit at its allotted time, 10:10pm Monday 4th June, as one of the official Diamond Jubilee Beacons, the last of which was lit by HM The Queen after the concert on The Mall at 10:30pm that night.
At the time of lighting, the Scout’s beacon stood six metres high and took nearly a week to build, starting the preparation on the previous Monday, and construction the previous Tuesday.
It could not have been built without the considerable assistance of Paul Curson Pallets Ltd of Bexwell, who supplied us with a truck load of pallets, with which to build the chimney.
All the rest of the material was supplied by farmer Geoff Hipperson. Geoff arranged the use of the site, supplied most of the wood and a considerable proportion of the workforce, supplied the use of a teleporter for several days, but most importantly, offered his support and hard work, for which we are most grateful.
The crowd on the night were suitably impressed with the spectacle. They had travelled from Marham, Shouldham, Fincham and other surrounding villages, but the beacon could be seen from much further afield, such was the height of the bonfire in its location on top of the church hill. Everyone who attended felt that it was a most suitable contribution to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations from the local community.