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Diss Beacon of Hope makes final shortlist of the South Norfolk Community Awards





A project to create a tranquil place of reflection has been shortlisted for a community award.

The Diss Beacon of Hope project is one of five finalists for a Pride in Place Award at this year’s South Norfolk Community Awards.

The beacon, in Diss Park, was lit for the first time in June 2021 in memory of all those who suffered during the coronavirus pandemic.

The beacon project was funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and South Norfolk Council’s Pride in Place Community Grant. Pictures: Diss Town Council
The beacon project was funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and South Norfolk Council’s Pride in Place Community Grant. Pictures: Diss Town Council
One of the panels on the beacon celebrates Mere Quacks artist, Mike Web. Pictures: Diss Town Council
One of the panels on the beacon celebrates Mere Quacks artist, Mike Web. Pictures: Diss Town Council

It also serves as a place where people can reflect on the town’s history and recent events, including memories of the Queen’s life, the King’s coronation and D-Day.

The project, which has a time capsule buried in its base, includes three beacon trails around the town and its surrounding villages.

It was funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and South Norfolk Council’s Pride in Place Community Grant.

Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee is also honoured on the beacon. Picture: Diss Town Council
Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee is also honoured on the beacon. Picture: Diss Town Council
Organisations and individuals have been thanked on the beacon for their help with the project. Pictures: Diss Town Council
Organisations and individuals have been thanked on the beacon for their help with the project. Pictures: Diss Town Council

It has been selected for “its visionary approach, exceptional quality of workmanship and success in connecting the people of Diss to their history in the context of the country”.

The awards panel added that the project had shown potential benefits in promoting active and healthy lifestyles through the walks.

Town clerk Sarah Villafuerte-Richards said: “We are delighted to see this project recognised for its significant contributions and lasting benefits to the Diss community.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Bawburgh Golf Club on Friday.



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