Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Beacon of Light Part II


A few more images from my tripod-less trip up the hill to the lighting of the Diamond Jubilee Beacon on Monday night.

All resemblance to the Wicker Man is purely coincidental. Honest.

The community gathers at dusk

Gathering -1

The ‘special’ people arrive

Gathering 1-1

Some were there only in spirit

Gathering 5-1

From the distant city, a signal

Gathering 4-1

It is time.

Gathering 8-1

They have spoken

Gathering 6-1

It is done

Beacon 2-1

The next gathering will be at the pub.

Thanks to the local mountain rescue team for hauling the beacon up the hill and generally  taking charge of the situation!


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

9 thoughts on “Beacon of Light Part II

  1. The non-tripod photos from this evening creates an adventurous and almost magical mood…..

  2. Love it! Great story. Glad you all didn’t set fire to the moors.

  3. I’m impressed that you had special people and a proper beacon. They didn’t want anyone to come to ours because of the Elfin safety.

    • I was discussing this with a colleague only today, it wasn’t publicised, we thought that was because if it was made an ‘event’ it would take on a Elfin Safety life of its own!
      I wouldn’t have even thought about the fact there might be one. It was only because my mother said ‘there must be a beacon, there was there for VE day and the coronation.’ So I googled it and found a little bit of info in the Parish Council notes. We even had a bit of a brass band jolly things along.

  4. Great photos ~ not often one is able to look down at fireworks! Quite a wonderful celebration 🙂

  5. Beautiful. But please translate: Elfin Safety?

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