New Year's Eve toast to symbolic beacon
Memories of the millennium milestone are set to be rekindled on New Years Eve with a toast to the beacon that was at the heart of global celebrations.A decade after the symbolic flame was lit by Her Majesty the Queen project mastermind Bruno Peek is gathering guests to its Beacon Park home to remember the moment.
Memories of the millennium milestone are set to be rekindled on New Years Eve with a toast to the beacon that was at the heart of global celebrations.
A decade after the symbolic flame was lit by Her Majesty the Queen project mastermind Bruno Peek is gathering guests to its Beacon Park home to remember the moment.
He said Great Yarmouth should be proud of its prominent role in such a ceremony viewed by millions of people around the world.
The 25-tonne gas beacon was built by Seatrax in a project over seen by Alan Doggett and was given a rousing send off by local folk and ships horns when it started its journey to London two days before the event.
Mr Peak said: “I wrote my first letter about it in March 1993 and everybody said I was mad but that was how long the whole thing took, it was a huge undertaking.
“I will never forget the Queens face when it lit. She was as chuffed as I was. It was an amazing sight and the noise was tremendous. I handed her the torch and we had a long journey all the way down to Greenwich.
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“I just think it is worthwhile saying that ten years ago this beacon was the centre of the world and something Great Yarmouth should be very proud of because it was designed and built here. It was a milestone in history and Great Yarmouth took the lead.
“We had a staff of 18 just working on the administration for around 18 months. It was a huge event and a great relief when everything went to plan that night.”
The beacon - the world's largest - was brought back to the town thanks to sponsors British Gas who gave a further �20,000 to cut it into three, shot-blast it and reassemble it at South Gorleston Business Park, renamed Beacon Park in its honour.