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Hundreds help to light up Portsmouth in a tribute

The 'Beacon' shining over Portsmouth was produced from hundreds of machines of all sorts putting on their headlamps for a period of just five minutes. 

Picture: Malcolm Wells (142233-3892)

The 'Beacon' shining over Portsmouth was produced from hundreds of machines of all sorts putting on their headlamps for a period of just five minutes. Picture: Malcolm Wells (142233-3892)

THEY turned out in their hundreds to pay their own tribute to those who died in the First World War.

Motorcylists gathered at Portsdown Hill to shine their lights on to the city and then switch them off at 10pm as part of the national Lights Out event. More than 600 bikers turned up.

Organiser Dave Gibson is a volunteer for the Royal British Legion Riders Branch in Portsmouth.

He said: ‘I was overwhelmed. It was awe-inspiring. It seemed like the whole motorcycle and scooter communities for the PO postcode area turned up to pay their respects.

‘It really was an amazing sight. Everybody who turned up was gobsmacked.

‘The viewpoint is one of the best views in the country, especially on a clear night like this.

‘It was a very poignant affair. Everybody came up to me and said how much they loved it and how fantastic it was.’

People from Aldershot, Basingstoke and Gloucester took part, as well as those from Portsmouth.

 

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