Unveiling of the Orwell Meridian Marker, 31st December 2000

Unveiling by the Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees

Photo:The Millennium Reminder.....

The Millennium Reminder.....

At 3.00pm on 31st December 2000, the Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, unveiled the Orwell Meridian marker on Malton Road.

Mills & Douglas, the local builders, offered to make the Marker for the village. Initially a half globe was considered, but the eventual decision was to have a full stone sphere on a stone pedestal (marked with North, South, East and West compass points), with a metallic meridian line oriented appropriately on its surface. For more information on the Marker manufacture, see the related separate article on the Meridian Marker in "Events"

After the unveiling (with snow on the ground, a real seasonal flavour), participants were invited for an optional short footpath walk, followed by tea and cakes in the Village Hall.

Then, at 4.30pm proceedings moved to the Clunch Pit, for mulled wine, and the lighting of the South Cambs. beacon on Toot Hill. With this atmospheric setting, and a salvo of rockets, Orwell's year 2000 celebrations were brought to a grand finale. 

Millenium Souvenirs

During the year Orwell produced its own edible rock and specially designed mugs. For 2001 a calendar was created, with a picture for each month showing the edited highlights of year 2000.

Photo:A few words before the unveiling...

A few words before the unveiling...

Photo:Sir Martin Rees unveils the Marker

Sir Martin Rees unveils the Marker

Photo:Seconds after the unveiling.....

Seconds after the unveiling.....

Photo:Catherine Hildersley of Lotfield Street - right on the line

Catherine Hildersley of Lotfield Street - right on the line

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