Monday night saw about 1,000 people gathered on the top of Butser Hill to see the Jubilee Beacon and firework display. As the highest point on the South Downs there was a great view of all the other celebrations as they took place.

The Park’s rangers had set up the arena the previous week, loading 2 tonnes of timber in to a purpose-built container for the fire. The last Beacon lighting was back in 2000 for the millennium. 

The event was run in conjunction with the Petersfield and Liss Guides together with the Petersfield Scouts, and was supported by groups from across Hampshire.  

There was a torchlight procession from the main Park Centre car park with a walk of about a mile up to the trig point on top of the hill . For those looking for a shorter, easier route the car park on top of Butser proved popular.

The Beacon was lit at 10.10pm by Councillor Andrew Joy the Chairman of Hampshire County Council, ably assisted by representatives from the local Guides, Scouts and Rainbows.

At 10.15 there was an impressive firework display put on by Classic Fireworks Ltd www.classicfireworks.co.uk and then the event drew to a close at 10.30pm the time when Her Majesty the Queen was due to light the National Beacon in London.

All in all a very popular event and hopefully it will not be another 12 years before the next one!

View towards the coast and the Isle of Wight at sunset

View towards the coast and the Isle of Wight at sunset

 

Procession setting off from the Park Cantre

 

The Chairman with lighting party

The Chairman with lighting party

Photo by Dave Strutt