Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Queen's Jubilee Beacon - Lyth Hill Shrewsbury

Beacon SilhouetteBaby let me light your fireBurn Baby BurnBy the light of the silvery moon

To celebrate 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, this was one of over 4000 beacons lit on the night of June 4th. We could see 4 more from our vantage point looking out over Southern Shropshire.

It all made one feel truly honoured to be British. Not a night to be a Republican!

God Save the Queen.

Olympic Torch heads to Much Wenlock

A "Once in a Lifetime" shotUnion JillNo Republicans around here!Buildwas School wave the FlagThe Torch passes through Cressage

This July, the 126th Wenlock Olympian Games - in many peoples' eyes, the real version of the modern Olympics - will be held. The product of a Victorian Visionary, Dr William Penny Brookes, they started in the middle of the 19th Century in Much Wenlock. Brookes was a philanthropist whose goal was Victorian Social Reform.

He wanted to improve the lot of the working classes by encouraging them to take part in physical recreation, and he organised an annual event in the town with a range of competitions. The event grew larger, attracting people from wider and wider regions of the country.
In 1890, a Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin visited Brookes to see the Games, and a few years later he set up the International Olympic Committee.

The rest, as they say, is history.

It is entirely fitting that the 2012 Olympic Torch doffs its flag, so to speak, to the small Shropshire Town where it all started.

These pictures were taken in Cressage, a couple of miles north of the town.