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BBC Wales's Ashleigh Crowter
"It's the focal point for Welsh millennium celebrations"
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Wednesday, 29 December, 1999, 21:47 GMT
Millennium beacon ready for big night

The National Beacon of Wales The National Beacon of Wales will be lit at midnight on Friday


The centrepiece of Wales's Millennium celebrations has been installed in the centre of Cardiff, in preparation for New Year's Eve.

The National Beacon of Wales, which will be lit at midnight on Friday, had to be transported from Carmarthenshire where it was designed by a family of sculptors.

The cauldron-shaped beacon which they have designed will be centre-stage in Cardiff's millennium celebrations.

The beacon will be lit as part of a sequence of events in Belfast, Edinburgh and London which will be televised on New Year's Eve.


David Petersen Sculptor David Petersen at the installation
After making final adjustments, sculptor David Petersen watched as the beacon he made with his family was lit up for the first time.

"It is a kind of image that is going to be beamed hopefully throughout the world," said Mr Petersen.

"People will see what Wales is all about, we are alive and firing on all cylinders."

The Petersen family, from St Clears, won a competition organised by British Gas to make the beacon.

British Gas spokesman Sion Brynach said: "From the beginning of the design stage it seemed a very exciting concept bringing together the old and the new and really encapsulating a vision of Wales."

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21 Dec 99 |  Wales
Sculptors blaze millennium trail
29 Dec 99 |  UK
Millennium Flame alights in London

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