The Queens 90th Birthday Beacon
It may not have been quite the sunny evening anticipated, but that didn’t stop the many people who arrived, on a very windy and somewhat damp Winsford Hill, coming to watch Ann LeBas, Winsford’s longest serving female resident, lighting the 20 foot high bonfire.
The idea to have this beacon, which was one of 200 lit across the country, was the brainchild of Christopher Thomas-Everard – past High Sheriff of Somerset and Johnny Bray, a long standing friend of Christopher and resident of Winsford.
Work started earlier in the week with the preparation of the site, collecting the materials and finally building the bonfire, all under the watchful eye of the BBC’s One Show Production team who were there to film the whole event.
The eagerly anticipated ceremony arrived and by 7pm the car park was full, the stalwarts had enjoyed their picnic in the rain and, with drink in hand, were ready to join in the celebrations.
The One Show televised The Queen lighting the first beacon at 7.12pm at Windsor Castle which was then followed at 7.20pm by the lighting of our very own Winsford beacon. The cameras started rolling and Anne stepped forward with the torch and set the beacon alight. The wind was strong and fortunately in the right westerly direction and within moments it was a fiery furnace.
The crowd, warmed by the fire, cheered and then sang Happy Birthday.
So another very happy and successful event clearly enjoyed by all of those who attended and once again putting Winsford, Exmoor on the map!!
Many thanks to Christopher Thomas-Everard and Johnny Bray for having this great idea and for giving their time and efforts to make it such memorable occasion.
Lastly, and most importantly, we would like to wish Her Majesty a very Happy 90th Birthday. May she have many more as our longest serving Monarch.
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