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Hull to light up at annual tradition

Volunteers will light flares along the bay shoreline in Hull Saturday as part of the fifth annual Harbor Illumination.
Volunteers will light flares along the bay shoreline in Hull Saturday as part of the fifth annual Harbor Illumination.Credit: Brian Tague

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About three miles of Hull’s shoreline will light up at sunset on Saturday in the fifth annual Harbor Illumination sponsored by the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

The lights will come from about 1,200 flares stationed along the bayside of Hull, from A Street to James Landing near the Hull Public Library, according to museum spokeswoman Corinne Leung. As the flares burn, bagpiper Tom Childs will be rowed along the route, playing laments, Scottish tunes, and tributes to the US military.

The tradition of lighting the harbor goes back at least to the late 1800s, when the Hull Division of the Boston Yacht Club was in charge and red fire torches extended all the way to Hingham. By the 1920s, the lights had spread as far as Quincy.

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