A blazing beacon for the Queen

FALKLAND;'Queens Jubilee Beacon; East Lomond Hill was designated one of the Scottish sites for beacon lighting to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee; Three large sculptures representing a miners lamp, a leaf and a volcano will be lit before the queens beacon. ROBERT BALFOUR from Markinch and DAVE REID from Benarty light the beacon'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
FALKLAND;'Queens Jubilee Beacon; East Lomond Hill was designated one of the Scottish sites for beacon lighting to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee; Three large sculptures representing a miners lamp, a leaf and a volcano will be lit before the queens beacon. ROBERT BALFOUR from Markinch and DAVE REID from Benarty light the beacon'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

North east Fife joined in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with the lighting of a blazing beacon on top of East Lomond Hill on Monday night.

The fire beacon was one of thousands lit across the UK to mark the occasion.

Invited guests were treated to the spectacle of three large fire sculptures being set alight, in the form of a volcano, a miner’s lamp and a leaf.

These symbols were chosen by the local community as representative symbols of what the Lomond Hills means to the native population.

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.

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 £1.8 million.

The evening provided an opportunity for the LLLP to inform people about its plans for a range of projects to reconnect people with the landscape of the Lomond and Benarty Hills.

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 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.”

Also attending the event was Fife’s new Provost Jim Leishman who 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.”