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Valentine Gas Lamp ceremony

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THEValentine Gas Lamp Lighting celebration will take place this Friday 14th February.

The famous Valentine Gas Lamp in Frome is one of the town’s most romantic landmarks – set amidst heart-shaped cobblestones with a ‘love seat’ under the gentle glow of the gas lamp, looking down the historic cobbled street of Catherine Hill.

The annual Valentine Gas Lamp Lighting ceremony has been celebrated for over 25 years.  A full restoration of the lamp has been carried out by its renovator, Reg Ling, now in his eighties.  A traditional lighting celebration will take place again this year, with the fully restored lamp taking prime position.    

The Friends of the Valentine Gas Lamp say, “Please join us to celebrate Valentine’s Day and witness this unique event.

“Come rain or shine, at 5.30pm everyone will be summoned to the site of the lamp in Catherine Hill. All will gather to await the arrival of the lamplighter, dressed in period costume.  He will be carrying a traditional lamplighter’s pole and will oversee the lighting ceremony which starts at 6pm. There will be mulled wine for the adults and fresh fruit for the children. 

‘The Friends of the Valentine Gas Lamp’ supports the upkeep and maintenance of the lamp and relies on voluntary donations to keep this unique landmark in perfect condition for romantic generations to come – please find details at www.valentine gaslamp .org.” 


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