Lighthouse memories shone a light on my music

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I read your recent article on Beachy Head Lighthouse and wanted to share my story.

I was a member of the Eastbourne Police Force for 30 years, retiring in 1981.

My wife Marjorie died in 1990 and like any other person in similar circumstances, it hit me.

Some time later my two daughters bought me a second hand organ and gradually I began to make music, not great but it gave me pleasure.

With the help of my nephew David Hinchcliff I wrote a number of songs, most of them rubbish.

One of them is Beachy Head and I am hoping it might be useful and your readers might enjoy.

Beachy Head

Standing on the clifftop looking out to sea

The old lighthouse below me stands majestically

Ships on the horizon sailing to lands afar

A pleasure boat comes cruising very close to shore

Chorus:

Beachy Head, Beachy Head

There’s no place like Beachy Head

Beachy Head, Beachy Head

You can see for miles around at Beachy Head

Looking to the east what do I see

A land and sea scene steeped in history

The Norman Conquest was many years ago

Signs of their occupation can still be found below

Chorus:

Beachy Head, Beachy Head

There’s no place like Beachy Head

Beachy Head, Beachy Head

You can see for miles around at Beachy Head

Turning to the north what do I see

Those lovely rolling downs go on endlessly

This is the England the England that I love

May I give my thanks to the Lord up above

Chorus:

Beachy Head, Beachy Head

There’s no place like Beachy Head

Beachy Head, Beachy Head

People come from miles around to see Beachy Head

Desmond Featherstone, Netherfield Avenue.