Love shines its light at unique Valentine celebration

Whatever the weather ever year on 14 February, local residents congregate at the top of Catherine Hill and watch as Frome’s Valentine Lamp is lit.

The famous ceremony has been celebrated in the town for over 25 years, and this year will be no different. The start of the event will be signified by a single firework at 5.30pm and at 6pm dressed in period costume the lamp lighter will start the ceremony using the original lamp lighters’ pole.

Reg Ling, lamp restorer, lighter and organiser of the event said, “If you’re looking for a unique experience this event is a real celebration of love and a special sight to behold. There will be mulled wine for adults and fresh fruit for the youngsters to enjoy before heading off for the rest of your evening.”

The Valentine Lamp is the only working gas lamp in Somerset and is dedicated to the memory of St Valentine. It also has a renovated George V post box attached for your love letter or card.

Anyone who might be interested in getting involved in the ceremony in future years should email