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Ilminster D-Day beacon lighting ceremony called off after “medical emergency”

A BEACON lighting in Ilminster to mark the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings was called off due to a “medical emergency” after a spectator became ill.

Ilminster Town Council, which organised the event, thanked spectators after the ceremony was called off on Thursday evening.

A spokesperson said: “As many of you may now know last night’s Beacon Lighting, in commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, was called off due to a medical emergency.

“Sadly, one of our spectators took ill at the top of Beacon Hill and the emergency services had to be called to attend.

“Understandably, it was felt by everyone involved that it would be inappropriate for the event to carry on under such extreme circumstances.

“We would like to thank the spectators that had gathered who dispersed quietly and with dignity for their cooperation and understanding.”

The council thanked “the quick thinking and rapid response of all those involved in assisting with the situation”, including the Carnival Marshal team, the Ilminster Cadet Force, council staff, Dillington Estate team and a man who ran to grab the defibrillator from Market House.

“The amazing response by the ambulance crews to the situation and their tenacity to get to the location is testament to their dedication to our service,” they added.

The condition of the person involved is not known.

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