Lighting Up History
If you're ever been to Northumberland and Cumbria in the north of England, you'll know what a beautiful part of the world it is. If you're lucky enough to be visiting it this Spring, stop by Hadrian's Wall on March 13th. On that night, the historic landmark that stretches 84 miles, from coast to coast, will be lit up with torches.
Hadrian’s Wall was built by the Romans in AD122 on the orders of Emperor Hadrian, to mark their frontier across the north of England. In 1987 it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a public path marks the route of the wall, though the wall itself isn't always there.
The first torch will be illuminated at a public event at Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend in the North East. The line of light will then make its way along the Wall to Bowness-on-Solway in Cumbria over the course of the next hour, lighting up 500 points along the way.
Says Linda Tuttiett, the Chief Executive of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd: 'We wanted to do something really quite extraordinary to bring to life Britain’s longest and greatest piece of heritage and celebrate the landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country. What could be more spectacular than a line of light that will stretch from coast to coast illuminating this stunning World Heritage Site?'
Obviously the event hasn't taken place yet, so there are no pictures except for the artist's rendering posted top. If you go, let us know – and send us some pictures of how it looks. Particularly if you visit by helicopter. RM
Images: Hadrian's Wall Heritage