A beacon for the Queen...

FIFE’S extintinct volcano flared into action on, Monday to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

East Lomond Hill was one of the designated Scottish sites to light a beacon as part of the national celebrations - and hundreds turned up to watch.

Guests were also treated to the spectacle of three large fire sculptures being set alight, in the forms of a volcano, a miner’s lamp and a leaf. The symbols were chosen by the local community to representative what the Lomond Hills means to them.

The fire sculpture images were created by local artist Jan Hendry and turned into fire sculptures by ‘Iron Oxide’, a company that specialises in producing daring outdoor shows.

Professor Stuart Haszeldine, a geology expert living locally, who attended the event, said: “The extinct volcanoes of Fife, form part of a continuity of connection through time and place across eastern Scotland from Largo Law, East Lomond and Falkland Palace; to May Isle, Bass Rock, Arthurs Seat and Edinburgh Castle. The long-gone eruptions of their fiery past can only be imagined, but become briefly more real through visible beacons on the hilltops communicating this celebration of Royal longevity, continuity and connection.”

The ‘beacon on the hill’ illumination was also the first public event since the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership (LLLP) received a stage one pass towards a major Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project around the hills with a potential value of £1.8million. The evening provided an opportunity for the LLLP to inform people about its evolving plans for a range of projects to reconnect people with the landscape of the Lomond and Benarty Hills.

One of only two areas selected in Scotland, the LLLP focuses on a 162km² area of Fife and Kinross taking in the Lomond Hills and Benarty Hill as well as contrasting communities, including Falkand, Scotland’s first conservation village, rural villages such as Kinnesswood, Scotlandwell and Gateside, part of Glenrothes new town and former mining settlements such as Benarty.

Ninian Stuart, Hereditary Keeper of Falkland Palace and vice-Chairman of the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership said: “I’m delighted to have hosted this event in the grounds of the Royal Palace of Falkland, in celebration of Queen’s jubilee and it is a fitting acknowledgment of the “community of the realm” in Scotland. We are particularly excited at making a connection between the evolving work of the various communities and groups - young and old - that make up the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership. The beacon on the hill feels like an appropriate continuation of an ancient local tradition of communication from one landscape to another. Lighting the darkness and heralding continuity in these times of great change.”

The beacon on the hill event was supported by Fife Council.

Provost Jim Leishman of Fife Council said: ‘Fife Council is delighted to support this important milestone in the life of our Monarch, playing our part in a National, indeed Commonwealth, network of beacons.

‘‘Fife schools and communities have over the last few days been celebrating this popular event in many ways but what better conclusion than to display this beacon on a strategic high point in the Lomond Hills within the Kingdom of Fife.’

East Lomond Hill was one of the designated Scottish sites to light a beacon for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Monday - and hundreds turned up to watch. Guests were also treated to the spectacle of three large fire sculptures being set alight, in the forms of a volcano, a miner’s lamp and a leaf. The symbols were chosen by the community to represent what the hills means to them.