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Diamond Jubilee: Beacons lit in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset

Queen and Prince Philip leaving from Chelsea Harbour on Sunday
Image caption More than 4,200 beacons will be lit across the globe for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Beacons have been lit in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and across Somerset to celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign.

Barton Fields in Kingswood, Clifton Village in Bristol, Mangotsfield and Brean Down were among the areas to have beacons lit.

A beacon has also been set ablaze from the tower above Uphill, Weston-super-Mare.

Beacons have also been lit at places including Glastonbury Tor and Creechbarrow Hill.

Beacons have been been lit on Uphill every New Year since the Millennium and for important national events.

Organiser Stuart Castle said: "I think currently it does bring the country and the nation together.

"It's always been very well received, since we reintroduced doing it.

"It's a long trek up to the top of the hill to get there but most of them seem to make it, in varying numbers. It's a great deal of fun."

More than 4,200 beacons were lit across the globe for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Some 125 official beacons and bonfires were lit across Somerset.

'Visible from villages'

A mass ascent of hot air balloons was due to launch from Batheaston Meadows near Bath before a balloon glow from the top of Solsbury Hill at 22:00 BST.

Katy Menday, from South Somerset District Council, said Ham Hill had a history of having a beacon for important events.

"We're very lucky in South Somerset, we've had the Queen visit the towns of Yeovil and Crewkerne and I think everyone's really got behind it.

Image caption Beacons will be lit in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset in celebration of the Jubilee

"We're not running a full public event up on site but we're really hoping that what we can create is something that's visible from the low-lying villages and that people will see it as part of this chain in support of Her Majesty the Queen."

On the Downs in Bristol, a beacon was lit by the city's Lord Lieutenant Mary Prior and the Lord Mayor Peter Main at 22:00 BST.

Mr Main said: "To me it symbolises the unity of the country, beacons are being lit all over the country.

"We're one country, we're celebrating the 60 years on the throne of Her Majesty the Queen."

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