Cornwall

Cornish Jubilee beacons light up county

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Media captionMore than 400 hundred beacons were set alight across the South West.

Hundreds of beacons were lit in Cornwall as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

In St Mawes the torch used to light the beacon was run across Summers Beach and rowed to the quay in a Cornish pilot gig.

In Liskeard the beacon was lit on top of the bell tower at St Martin's Parish Church after a service of thanksgiving.

More than 4,000 beacons were lit in the Commonwealth with the Queen lighting the final one at 22:30 BST.

Brian Chenowath who organised the St Mawes celebrations, which included a re-enactment of the Coronation, said: "There's nothing better than a Cornish pilot gig racing back to the quay and lighting the beacon."

Molly Crewes and Jemima Hitchings, both 16 and from Roseland Gig Club, were selected to light the beacon.

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Media captionThe sound of the Jubilee Celebrations taking place in Liskeard.

Norma Edwards from the club said: "The two girls acting as the flag bearers followed the queen in her carriage to St Mawes Quay.

"They ran the length of the village carrying to the torches to Summers Beach where a Cornish gig pilot was waiting to ferry them to the quay to light the beacon.

"It all worked beautifully and looked fantastic."

In Liskeard the beacon was lit by Mayor Tony Powell.

He said: "What a wonderful two weeks we've had here in Liskeard culminating in the wonderful celebrations over the diamond jubilee weekend."

Image caption In St Mawes the torch to light the beacon was run across the beach and rowed in a Cornish pilot gig

In Penzance farmers Bridget and Stephen Clamp lit a beacon on the site of the Castle-an-Dinas Quarry.

Mrs Clamp said: "It's absolutely stunning. They used to come up here, but because it's now part of Castle-an-Dinas Quarry due to health and safety we had to stop, it's so nice that we've been allowed to re-kindle the beacon again.

"It's been fantastic on top of Cornwall looking out, it's wonderful. I'm very proud to be standing here, raising a glass to the Queen."

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