The 25th October 2010, marks the 200th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Jubilee Tower situated on the summit of Moel Famau. In 1810, 200 years ago, 5000 people hiked to the top of Moel Famau, to watch Lord Kenyon of Flintshire as he laid the tower’s foundation stone on behalf of the Prince of Wales.
Rightly so, the event is being celebrated and you’re invited to the party! The organising team behind Jubilee Tower 200 have put together a website detailing the event details along with some great information relating to the history of Moel Famau. Please do ask them any questions that you have about the forthcoming celebrations.
Wrexham-based artist Chris Oakley has been commissioned by Flintshire and Denbighshire councils to install a light beam in the tower. The installation will involve a vertical beam of light, visible during the hours of darkness. The four sides of the tower will be lit with video projection illustrating the historical and contemporary meanings of the tower, using images and text created through a number of community workshops. Hopefully there’ll be clear night skies and the light beam might be viewable from far and wide.
The BBC North East Wales team have also published an item about the event on this page – I’m not sure if there is a problem with the short video but it won’t currently load for me.
Don’t forget to visit the Jubilee Tower 2oo website.