What’s the point of an unlit beacon?

Sidney should be able to light the beacon at the end of Beacon Avenue

I think we can safely assume that few other communities in the world have their main street named Beacon Avenue with an actual beacon on it overlooking the sea.

I note from the international media that over 4,000 such beacons were lit by communities around the world last week to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  However, when I contacted the Town of Sidney to ask when we would be lighting our beacon I was advised that it was inoperable.

If 4,000 other communities worldwide can figure out how to light a beacon why on earth can’t we? How embarrassing is that?

Richard D.B. Talbot