Diamond Jubilee celebrations have come to an end around Wales today, following the lighting of more than 200 beacons at events and iconic landmarks late last night. It was part of a network of 2,012 beacons around the UK, with the Queen lighting the final one herself in Central London.
A group of wounded servicemen from the charity Walking With The Wounded, who recently attempted (unsuccessfully, due to the weather) to climb Everest, scaled Mount Snowdon to light one of four flames at the UK's peaks. Captain David Wiseman is part of the team.
Beacons were lit at a number of castles, including Beaumaris, Caernarfon, Pembroke and Swansea, to commemorate the Queen's 60-year reign. Beacon chains have a long history in the UK, and were put together to celebrate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897, as well as the Silver and Golden Jubilees in 1977 and 2002.
A festival with stalls, music and other entertainment was held before the beacon was lit on the Ridgeway, in Allt-Yr-Yn, Newport. Beacon number 374 - the most southerly in Wales - was lit on Flat Holm Island, near Cardiff, in the Severn Estuary. Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team worked with 215 Squadron Air Training Corp Swansea, to light a beacon on the top of Pen Y Fan - the highest point in Southern Britain.
– Penny Brockman, Team Leader of Central Beacons Mountain Rescue team
We were thrilled to learn that we would be working with the Air Training Corp to get the beacon to the highest point in Southern Britain. The team is very proud to be able to join in the celebrations of 60 years of Her Majesty's reign with our contribution in the 'Queen's Diamond Jubilee Beacons' event.