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The Rollright Stones (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

I chose the Rollrights as my place to be for the turning of the century (1999/2000). Earlier in the evening (8pm) in the King stone's field a massive fire beacon was lit by the villagers, as one of a line of beacons from Cornwall to somewhere North. It was too foggy to see the previous and next beacon to ours though.

Come midnight around 30 people gathered in and around the Rollright Stones. I'd met a girl hitching to the stones with her Japanese boyfriend earlier, and so I stood with them, not beleiving the year 2000 was really so close.

On the horizon we could see far off firework displays in the towns all around, and at the stroke of midnight (someone else had brought a radio to listen to Big Ben's chimes) fireworks were let off from the circle.

It felt good being away from the tawdry celebrations in the towns, as did being alone with 30 strangers. I can't think of a better place to be at such a time.
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