As in 1887 and 1977, the beacon fires were lit last night.
1887 was Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, 1977 Elizabeth II’s Silver.
From 1887, by A. E. Housman
From Clee to heaven the beacon burns,
The shires have seen it plain,
From north and south the sign returns
And beacons burn again.
Look left, look right, the hills are bright,
The dales are light between,
Because ’tis fifty years to-night
That God has saved the Queen.
But yesterday was Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday. Mrs T and I lit the fire indoors instead of out, sat before it, and toasted our toes as well as HM.