Friday, 12 March 2010
Stop press! New info re: tomorrow...lighting of Hadrian's Wall
Salvete! (Greetings all!)
I'm back sooner than I expected...and can post this photo of what a burner/torch looks like close up. These burners have been designed specifically for this event.
There were about 50/60 of us at Corbridge Rugby Club today and we got the FINAL details of what will be happening tomorrow night......
The Military Road is not closed. There are no road closures!Pre-booked car parking sites will be at: Broccolitia, Housesteads, Steel Rigg and Birdoswald.There is now car parking available to the public on first come first served basis: at Walltown Quarry and Cawfields (both in Northumberland National Park).
The event, today, was primarily for cell team leaders. (The cell leaders have come from all over the country and have a background in event management/rock concerts/putting together big events.) A cell comprises two miles of Hadrian's wall. We learned how to put together a burner, how to light it and how to dismantle it.
We all (or nearly all) learned how to set off a marine flare and it was exciting! Plus how to dispose of it correctly.
There will be plenty of illuminators (who have come from all over the world) and volunteers per cell. I've volunteered to be a volunteer (sotospeak) and I'll be patrolling one third of a two mile stretch.
We have assembly points and then go to our allotted cell by bus. We all have to be in place by 3pm. I can now reveal the lighting up times and switch off time at the 42 cells along the length of the 84 mile trail:
Segedunum (Wallsend) 17.45
Segedunum West 17.45
Houghton West 17.45
West Harlow Hill 17.50
Housesteads East 18.05
Steel Rigg 18.10
Steel Rigg 18.15
Carlisle Central 18.40
Carlisle West 18.40
Bousetead Hill 18.40
Bousetead Hill 18.45
Bowness on Solway 18.45
Switch off Time: 19.10
There will be a yellow helicopter going east to west along the Wall to film it. With a a bit of luck I might get to light a flare. There will also be ceremonial candles lit as well as the burners and flares.
Sunset is 18.10
Civil Twilight is 18.47
Nautical Twilight is 19.30 (effectively night)!
I don't feel that I am conveying the sense of excitement which is building about the whole thing but there were plenty of happy faces today. Lots of laughing and joking (whilst taking the lighting etc. very seriously)...the weather is set to be fair. It should be FANTASTIC!!!!!!
Valete! (Farewell to all!) Hadriana