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A Beacon for the Queen

At Mill Hill  Quainton for the Jubilee BeaconLocals gather on Mill Hill high above the village to see the Jubilee Beacon lit. In the middle distance you can see the windmill and church.

There were beacons lit for the Platinum Jubilee on Thursday evening, all over the UK and the Commonwealth. This is what I saw at Quainton.

Waiting for the Jubilee Beacon  QuaintonInside the temporary fence, these men wait to light the beacon.

Jubilee Beacon and piperA piper plays as we wait for 9:45 pm, when most of the thousands of beacons across the UK will be lit.

Lighting the Jubilee Beacon  QuaintonAt the right moment, the lighting team apply a blowtorch and the beacon catches fire.

Quainton's Jubilee Beacon for Queen Elizabeth 2After just a few minutes the beacon is burning brightly.

Watching the Jubilee Beacon  Mill Hill  QuaintonThe beacon burns bright enough to light up faces far from the flame.

Watching for grass fires at the Jubilee Beacon The lighting team keep an eye on small grass fires caused by the burning beacon.

This post's photos were taken with a Pentax camera and lens.

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