Like this one in Wroot there are thousands of beacons across the UK, Channel Isles, Isle of Man and other UK oversea territories. They are mostly used to celebrate royal occasions as well as milestones such as the millennium or the 50th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day in 1995. The tradition dates from Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 when beacons were lit around the country. Over 4,000 beacons were lit in 2012 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. They are expected to be lit again next year to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
Image and text copyright of Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership.