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Friday, June 1, 2012
Norfolk’s highest jubilee beacon will burn at a woodland clearing near Cromer when the celebratory chain is lit on Monday night.
It is at Roman Camp at Aylmerton, a popular scenic spot for walkers but also stepped in history as a location for signal fires.
Ranger at the National Trust owned location John Idiens said it was 103m above sea level, making it a foot or two above the other local summits at Melton Constable.
The high spot with sea views was a starting point for many ramblers tackling the Norfolk Coastal Path these days.
Despite its name, there was no firm evidence of Roman occupation, but there was of iron age smelting, and the first Ordnance Survey maps showed it was a naval signal station - part of an earlier chain of beacons, which went via Great Yarmouth, that could be lit to warn the Admiralty in London of enemy ships - a latter day message system that could contact the capital in just 2-0 minutes, he added.
The Diamond Jubilee beacon was a parish council village hall and church initiative, and saw them re-using a wrought iron fire basket made by local blacksmith Ian Ridgeway for the Trafalgar 200th anniversary celebrations in 2005.