On Saturday 21st October, the route of HS2 will once again be lit up by beacons as communities come together to oppose the proposal. In a repeat of the show of unity from communities up and down Phase 1 in 2011, communities along Phase 2 are being encouraged to light bonfires as beacons all the way down the line of HS2.
The event has been organised by former Stop HS2 Chair Lizzy Williams on Facebook, and hopes that anyone opposing HS2 can join in wherever they are in the country if they wish to show people enough is enough. In places where beacons and bonfires would not be possible, candlelit vigils can be held and are very useful in raising awareness of HS2 and the destruction it will bring.
Anyone organising their own event should take full responsibility for risk assessment and health and safety including insurance if required and of course locations to be used must have permission from the landowners, and to be safe the fire brigade should be notified in advance.
The purpose of the event is to make a highly visible national event against HS2 and to attract as much media coverage as possible. It is also to encourage a spirit of solidarity amongst action groups.
More information can be found on the Facebook Event Page.