Posted by: brigid benson | March 15, 2010

Once in a Lifetime

From Wallsend on the Tyne to Bowness-on-Solway, the 84 mile Hadrian’s Wall Path was illuminated on Saturday, March 13 by  500 torches recreating a dramatic scene from ancient history.

Billed as a once in a lifetime experience, the spectacle was attended by the world’s media – tv crews, press photographers and journalists. I joined them in a field of sheep near the tiny settlement of Once Brewed.  It was a calm dry night and as crowds gathered on the hill, fearless folk dressed as Romans braved the cold in bare feet and leather sandals to lend authenticity to the proceedings.

Over 4,000 people had volunteered to light the torches and the happy couple in our field were delighted to have been chosen, not only that, but their lighting of the flame was broadcast live by BBC news.  As the fiery line of light travelled across Britain there was great excitement in the crowd when distant torches, barely visible, burst into life.

It made a beautiful sight across the windswept crags, hills and moor.  Great to have been there.


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