Monday, 9 September 2013

6th September: "Fire of the North" an amazing success!

Well, what a truly fantastic event the first Fire of the North turned out to be!

The leader of the walk and talk, John Woodhurst, was delighted with the huge turnout for the walk on Wednesday, the biggest group the NNR team has led this year! In addition to Natural England's official walk on Holy Island, groups turned out at Seahouses, Bamburgh and other places along the North Northumberland Coast to view St Cuthbert's beacon being lit - local people would not be disappointed, as great views of the fire on the Inner Farne could be seen up and down the coast.

The local papers had full page spreads printed about the event and on Wednesday afternoon, John also recorded an interview with Anne Leuchars from BBC Radio Newcastle's Drivetime show - you can catch him on BBC iPlayer!

Beautiful evening with the silhouette of the Lookout on Wild Lindisfarne and Priory against the dusk sky 

John was mid-miracle when the shout was raised that the beacon was ablaze, to everyone's delight. The beacon - a large bonfire lit by David Steel, National Trust's Head Ranger of the Farne Islands NNR, and his wardens - was huge and was reflected off the side of the white lighthouse on Inner Farne, adding to the spectacle. 

Part of the group, listening intently to John's tales of Cuthbert, before the beacon was lit

The Beacon on Inner Farne, as seen from Seahouses. What an amazing view!

Everyone who attended the event was so pleased they did and absolutely loved the talk, with the amazing atmosphere on Lindisfarne NNR at dusk adding to the experience.

Thank you so much to John, whose endless enthusiasm for Cuthbert and the history of Lindisfarne keeps visitors enraptured. John is running a final St Cuthbert walk on Wednesday 11th September - details on our Events page. Please do come along to hear even more about this amazing Saint!

Special thanks also to David Steel and his National Trust team on the Farnes for the crucial lighting of the beacon and supplying the firewood.

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