Third time lucky ... ....
Report and photos by Trevor Parnham
Walking up Old Hill after a hectic day gardening
and/or decorating, we soon began to wonder whether
we’d made the right decision. Having crossed the
field from Old Hill to Wrington Hill, we were then
faced with an even steeper climb to the beacon.
The effort was so worthwhile - the views from the
beacon stunning for the crowd of people who’d also
made the journey. Difficult to tell in the dark but my
guess is 2-300 people gathered in anticipation of the
event - a creditable effort. Liquid refreshment was
available, if anyone wanted it.
Even though the night was slightly hazy, we could
see as far as the top of Mendip, Weston-Super-Mare,
Uphill, Burrington, Blagdon and, when the beacons
were lit, in the far distance, the Quantocks. All this
accompanied by a brilliant moon behind the pine
trees to the east. Sometime after 10pm lights started
to appear as the various beacons were lit, some with
firework displays adding to the effect.
At 10.15 the Wrington beacon was lit, despite the first
couple of attempts failing as the fire refused to catch.
Haydn Garrett’s gentle coaxing finally did the job.
These minor problems just added to the atmosphere
of community and celebration amongst the gathered
throng .... the overwhelming feeling I was sensing
throughout this unique weekend.
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