It seems the five Diamond Jubilee beacons to be lit on St Helena will not be the most remote in the world. Once again, Tristan da Cunha is set to steal that title.
Its single beacon will be lit by chief islander Ian Lavarello on Monday, 4 June 2012, when nations around the globe mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
Monday’s Jubilee celebrations on the tiny island will also include a Service of Thanksgiving, a flag parade, a presentation of medals, and a dance.
Mr Lavarello said: “We are thrilled and we’re honoured that we can celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen here on our home, the most remote inhabited island on Earth.”
The beacon will be lit on the solidified lava of the volcano, which erupted in 1961, forcing the famous evacuation.
The Press Association in London reports that Tristan and the outlying Inaccessible and Nightingale islands are landmarks for ships.
That has prompted a rueful comment to St Helena Online, recalling the vessel that ran aground last year and spilled oil that killed hundreds of rockhopper penguins.
“Apparently they are only landmarks during daylight hours,” writes London Reader. “I suggest that when these celebrations are over they put the beacon on Nightingale Island, with a solar or wind energy power system, to try to prevent any more of George Economou’s bulk carriers from crashing into the island at 14 knots.”