Diamond Jubilee: Chain of beacons light up Wales


Around 200 Diamond Jubilee beacons have been lit across Wales to mark the Queen's 60 year reign.

They form part of a network of more than 4,000 in the UK, the Commonwealth and Overseas Territories.

Beacons were lit on the summits of Snowdon, Pen-y-fan, the Great Orme in Conwy and even on Flat Holm Island in the Bristol Channel - the most southernly beacon in Wales.

At Cardiff Castle, the beacon was lit on the Norman Keep.

Red, white and blue

In the chain across Wales, a beacon was illuminated on top of Moel Famau in Mold - the highest peak in the Clwydian Range and the boundary between Flintshire and Denbighshire.

The beacon was lit at the Jubilee Tower, built in 1810 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of King George III.

On Snowdon, members of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and the dog rescue organisation Sarda Wales joined soldiers from the charity Walking With The Wounded.

They had just returned from an ascent on Everest to light a beacon at the summit.

Further south, a team of 80 air cadets and trainers carried a beacon up Pen-y-fan in the Brecon Beacons.

image captionLongtown Mountain Rescue Team building a beacon on Sugar Loaf mountain, Abergavenny.

In Newport, a large wooden beacon was lit on Ridgeway at Allt-Yr-Yn in the city, while in Neath Port Talbot, Neath Castle was illuminated in red, white and blue as the beacon was ignited.

The most southerly beacon in Wales was lit on Flat Holm island in the Severn Estuary.

Jubilee celebrations continued with many events across Wales.

Anti-jubilee party

A boat parade took place at Aberdyfi in Gwynedd, with parties organised in fields, streets and on beaches.

In Flintshire, the town of Buckley hosted live performances from local bands as well as a 50s fashion show and vintage vehicle rally.

A celebration was staged at Powis Castle in Welshpool where visitors were transported back to the year of accession in 1952, with vintage stalls and performers and competition tents with floral arrangements and vegetables.

Among the events in Carmarthenshire were a ticket-only fireworks display with two marquees for guests at the Prince of Wales' home, Llwynywermod.

In Neath, a lantern parade led to the town's castle, before the beacon was lit.

But not everyone took part in the Jubilee celebrations. An anti-Jubilee rock party took place at The Globe, in Roath, Cardiff - one of several held around Wales.

See all the latest Diamond Jubilee news and features at the BBC's Diamond Jubilee site .

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