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Beacon burning on Kit Hill

It was impossible to count all the Jubilee beacons visible from Kit Hill - you would get a different total every time.  We think we could see about 50.  Although the sky was cloudy, visibility was pretty good (those are the lights of Plymouth you can see in the distance in the second photo).  We could see beacons (and a few fireworks too) along the coast, up the river valley, and up on the heights of Bodmin moor and Dartmoor too.   We *think* we could even see one very distant beacon all the way up on the North Coast - at Tintagel, perhaps, or somewhere near there.   The beacon - a monstrous, Lord of the Rings style pile of wood - was lit with an impressive flame-thrower device, and then we all sang the national anthem.  Well, we sang the first verse, anyway, in a very British, slightly-apologetic-but-determined-to-do-it-anyway manner. philmophlegm met another exile from Wrexham, which pleased him enormously, even though she had left the place one year after he was born there.  

Diamond Jubilee Beacon Burning

Callington Town Band in a tent on Kit Hill, with Plymouth in the background

Watching the Diamond Jubilee beacon burn on Kit Hill


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4th Jun, 2012 23:27 (UTC)
That looks like such fun. =D
4th Jun, 2012 23:55 (UTC)
It was! I'm so glad we made the effort to go. It didn't even rain on us.
5th Jun, 2012 07:35 (UTC)
What fabulous scenes!
5th Jun, 2012 12:13 (UTC)
Cool! I was suddenly struck with a vague desire to see a beacon last night, but the local news sources were very cagey about where they might be, and the official Jubilee Beacon website wasn't talking at all (presumably someone forgot to light it) so I gave up and watched Game of Thrones instead. I see today that there were loads of the things on the island, including some fairly nearby and accessible even to someone with lungs that are still not quite working properly. Now I wish we'd just gone out and tracked down a beacon by hook or by crook. It all sounds great!
5th Jun, 2012 13:50 (UTC)
I got my information the old-fashioned way, by seeing a poster stuck to a post.

Still, if your lungs were still not A1, and they are better today, maybe discretion was the safer option?

We watched GOT today instead. Am getting seriously confused by increasing diversion from the book plot. :-/
9th Jun, 2012 14:20 (UTC)
Now THAT is how the Jubilee should be celebrated!!!

(And gentle(wo)men a-sofa'd in Glesga toon,
Shall think themselves accursed they were not there...
Cry God for Lizzie, Britain and St Whojumaflip)

With sincere apologies to Wullie S...
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