HM Queen Elizabeth II lit the final beacon in central London at 10.30pm.
Our most north-westerly corner of the UK had a beacon and it was lit by two of our best known and loved members of our community:
The Deputy Lord-lieutenant of the Isles is from Ness, and she chose to have another member of our community light the beacon along with her.
Norman Smith, who is seen with our Deputy Lord-lieutenant in the photo below has been a mainstay in our community for decades, and I for one was delighted to see the choice of 'lighters'.
Before lighting the beacon, our Deputy Lord-lieutenant said this about Norman Smith (seen here with her):
"He is older than the Queen. On his 19th birthday, he was at Fort George. On his 20th birthday, he was on Italian shores. On his 21st birthday, he was a German prisoner of war."
Our generation would do well to remember what the older members of our communities have actually lived through.
The beacon was lit at 10.15pm, and you can see how bright it still was.
Beacons were lit in over four thousand locations up and down our land and throughout the Commonwealth.
Having lit our beacon, we sang Psalm 23. The setting was beautiful and there was very little wind.
I expect to meet with Norman later this week, and hope to post about some of his life's experience. I count it a privilege to have him tell us his story.
Here's a view across the machair from where the beacon was lit.
And here, beyond the beacon, is 'Our Beach', shown from 'the other side'.