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Teacher lights Middlesbrough's Jubilee beacon

Joyce Bramley light's Middlesbrough's beacon Credit: Dave Allan

Middlesbrough lit one of 4,000 beacons across the Commonwealth last night to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Teacher Joyce Bramley had the honour of lighting the beacon next to the iconic Transporter Bridge at 10:15pm.

Joyce, who has worked at Overfields Primary School for over 35 years, was nominated for the event by the school's Deputy Headteacher David Hodgson. She was then chosen to light the beacon by Middlesbrough Council.

Joyce said: “It was a privilege and an honour to be chosen to light the beacon. I am glowing with pride. I have lived in Middlesbrough all my life and it is the place to be.”