A few moments before 10:15 the music went off and the countdown began. Up on the church tower the wardens were listening and watching so that the beacon flared into life at exactly the right moment. Cheers and applause gave way to singing of the National Anthem with great gusto and then more cheers, applause, flag waving and a joyful playing of the church carillon. Soon we could see another beacon, probably towards Leyburn, flaring up on the horizon.
As the bells subsided the fireworks display organised by Yarm Town Council started up and we were treated to a spectacular display from a little further along the river bank. Thank goodness I'd been at the garden earlier in the day when the company arrived to set up the display or we'd have had it right beside where we were standing, with all the attendant health and safety problems of smoke and debris. Luckily I could point out the problem to the company and they arranged an alternative site.