Jubilee beacons to light up Angus

The hills of Angus will shine with pride tonight (Monday) for Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as beacons are lit across the county from Edzell Hill to Haystone Hill, from Carcary Hill, Pitscandly and Carse Gray to Catlaw, from Lour Hill, the Airlie Monument and Mount Blair to Kinpurnie Hill.

Sandy Watson, Deputy Lieutenant for Angus, who has co-ordinated the arrangements and who is due to light the beacon on the Airlie Monument on behalf of the Earl of Airlie, said: “The original intention was to have 2012 Beacons across the UK, the Commonwealth and other countries. In fact there were over 4000 marking an important and historic point in the Queen’s reign.

“I am pleased that Angus has been able to make a contribution to such a grand total.”

The beacons will begin being lit at 10 pm, in a staggered format across the country, with the Angus beacons being lit at 10.15 pm.

At 10.29 pm those on the Four Peaks will be lit on Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Slieve Donard, and at 10.30pm HM The Queen will light the National Beacon in London, following the BBC Concert.

Georgiana Osborne, Lord Lieutenant of Angus, commenting on the beacons, said: “I am delighted that Angus has been able to take part in this country-wide event, uniting the nation for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“There is a long and unbroken tradition in the United Kingdom of celebrating Jubilees in this way, and it is great to see truly ‘national’ celebrations taking place of which we can all be proud.”