Recent days have brought many exciting events for those living in the UK and around the world. It is our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, meaning she has reigned for 60 years. This is quite an achievement (the current record holder is Queen Victoria who was monarch for an astonishing 64 years).
We all made sure to celebrate this occasion with all manner of parties and events, such as the Scouting movements beacon lighting.
Huge fire beacons were simultaneously lit right across the UK and the world in honour of the Queen. The nearest one to me was on out local common, a hill called Birkrigg. From there we could see many other beacons from across Morecambe bay, right up into the Lake District with the fire atop Coniston Old Man clearly visible, apparently people spent the entire week carrying wood to the top for their beacon.
The turnout from local towns and villages was superb with a crowd of around 450 gathered, despite there being many other events on in the area at the same time.
Once the fire (made from huge stacks of pallets and planks) had begun to die down fireworks were set off, much to the enjoyment of the onlookers, especially the younger attendees, this, combing with the hotdogs, donuts and damson gin meant that everybody had superb evening.