A Coastguard Team set off to Peveril Point to provide safety cover at the lighting of the Swanage Beacon but on route was re-tasked to the much larger Beacon up on Ballard Down which was being overseen by the National Trust.
As we drove up Ulwell Road a large silhouette could be seen on the hill - 'Is that the fire, if so it is huge, they are not seriously going to light that!' was the comment.
|A strange shape against the skyline.|
'Oh, the Coastguard's here.... are you going to light it?'
'Rather not thanks, we'll just watch - from over there'
Over there being 100ft away, up wind! Rather than opt for the scorched truck award, this was moved upwind also - we prefer having blue paint on our truck.
At 10:04 the Ballard Beacon was lit!
....and by 10:05, half of the residents of Studland had no eyebrows. (only kidding).
|Just getting going|
|I'm melting, I'm melting ....anyone got any burgers?|
Hope the Queen liked it.