Two inspirational Thetford residents have been chosen to lead the lighting ceremony of the town’s official diamond jubilee beacon.

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David Osborne and Eden King were chosen by town council officials after people were invited to nominate their “community hero” earlier this week.

Mr Osborne, a local historian who has lived in Thetford all his life, has written a number of books detailing Thetford’s history over the years and led hundreds of walks for people living in the town and tourists.

Mr Osborne was nominated twice, once by local resident Glynis Irish, who said his knowledge had “helped so many people”, and also by town councillor Stuart Wright.

Mr Osborne said: “I am very honoured and proud, and to be honest a little surprised at being nominated as a community hero.

“I started researching the history of the town for my own pleasure, but I’m pleased to be able to help other people over the years and pleased to be able to promote our town”.

Also nominated was 12-year-old Eden King of who suffers from muscular dystrophy.

Sarah Booth, who nominated Eden said: “Eden always tries to help others despite her disability. She is always smiling and an inspiration to others. A truly giving young lady”.

The youngster was also nominated by Howard Baker.

Mayor of Thetford, Terry Lamb said he was looking forward to the event and added: “I am pleased that two very deserving people, chosen by the local community will share the honour of lighting the beacon.

“I do hope that every-one will enjoy all the fun and entertainments being put on in Thetford to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.”

Celebrations, on Monday, will begin with a civic parade from Kings House to St Cuthbert’s Church where a special service will take place.

From 11.30am a street party will take place on Thetford’s Market Square with more than 750 people expected to attend, followed by a free concert on Melford Common and a concert finale, One Night of Queen, performed by Gary Mullen and The Works.

The day will be rounded off with the ceremony to light one of the official jubilee beacons on top of Castle Hill, complete with a free firework display.

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