Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Birthday of White Mark

THE 250th anniversary of the Watlington White Mark will be celebrated on Tuesday.

THE 250th anniversary of the Watlington White Mark will be celebrated on Tuesday.

The Friends of Watlington Hill, the National Trust and the town’s guides and scouts will host the event from 6.30pm.

There will be a treasure hunt for children, followed by lemonade and cakes.

The White Mark itself will be lit up using night lights in glass jars and solar-powered fairy lights.

The triangular shape was cut into the face of Watlington Hill by the Rev Edward Horne in 1763, supposedly because he wanted to make it look like St Leonard’s Church in the town had a spire.

Terry Jackson, who chairs the Friends of Watlington Hill with her husband Keith, said: “The Watlington Mark is really important to the town.

“You can’t miss it and if it is snowing everybody goes up there sledging.

“Everyone knows it is there and as it has been there for 250 years it seems right to celebrate.”

lA survey of the flora and fauna on Watlington Hill will be carried out on Sunday by the Friends of Watlington Hill, Watlington in Bloom and the Allotments Association.Anyone wanting to take part should meet in the National Trust car park at 10am.

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