Don’t worry, this photo isn’t of the beacon being stolen! It’s merely being carefully removed ready for refurbishment and then re-erecting back in the lay-by, ready for next year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The beacon has been in place for nearly thirty years – you can read about its history here – and is in remarkably good condition considering its age, but will have a spruce-up and a steel post (generously supplied by GT Bunning of Gressenhall) to replace the old wooden one.
The adjacent tree is also thirty years old, and has overgrown the beacon, so the beacon will be moved to a new location in the central area of the lay-by. This will make it more visible – the whole point of a beacon! – but without disturbing the tree.