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October 22, 2005

England expects that every man will do his duty

Soldier of Gondor: The beacon! The beacon of Amon Din is lit.
Gandalf: Hope is kindled.

A thousand beacons lit the sky in celebration of the 200th anniversary of victory at Trafalgar. Truly something to see.

May God bless Lord Nelson.

The Queen lit the first beacon on the dockside in Portsmouth in front of Lord Nelson's flagship, Victory. Flames shot 30ft into the air and were the signal to light beacons in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and at Nelson's birthplace at Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk.

Hundreds more were lit across the country, mirroring the beacons of 1805. Had Nelson lost the battle, they would have stood ready to give warning of an invasion by Napoleon's armies.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 22, 2005 08:43 AM

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