The beacon was mounted on the roof of the town hall and our job was to provide a three minute display after the firemen had lit it.
Everything was very straight forward. Apart from the need to climb a ladder to get all of the gear onto the roof. This was quite a chore, especially as I'm not very good at using one hand on a ladder and carrying in the other hand.
Once everything was up, we got rigged and ready:
St Albans itself was rammed - a giant street-party-come-concert ran from about 11am until the lighting of the beacon at 10:15pm:
The firemen lit the beacon and retreated to a safe distance:
|Yup, that small light above the Town Hall is the beacon being lit.
Photo courtesy of stephengg on Flickr
And then the show happened:
|Photos courtesy of stephengg on Flickr
There was cheering, then the crowd trundled off home and we had a mercifully quick derig and clear up.