Anyone fancy a trip out to the lighthouse?

Beachy Head Lighthouse
Beachy Head Lighthouse

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to save the fast-fading red and white stripes on the iconic Beachy Head Lighthouse are offering anyone who donates cash the chance to win a boat trip out to see the site close up.

The people behind the Save Our Stripes campaign have been busy raising money in the hope of securing enough cash to foot the estimated £28,000 restoration bill.

Today, Saturday, marks the 110th anniversary of the final stone being laid in the original construction of the lighthouse tower and to celebrate the landmark, the Save Our Stripes team is launching a competition.

Anyone who donates £5 or more on the website www.beachyheadlighthouse.co.uk will be entered into a prize draw, with one lucky winner getting their hands on a pair of tickets for a boat tour of the Eastbourne coast.

The tickets have been donated by local firm Sussex Voyages, which is based in Sovereign Harbour, and will take in a host of other landmarks, including the Seven Sisters cliff range, the Belle Tout lighthouse and popular beauty spot Birling Gap.

The prize is worth £52 and gives the winner a fantastic chance to capture the Beachy Head Lighthouse on camera from up close.

Local author and historian Rob Wassell has organised the competition and was quick to praise Sussex Voyages for rallying to the causes.

Mr Wassell told the Herald – which has been instrumental in the Save Our Stripes campaign since it helped launch it last year – “Beachy Head is a very special place for me.

It’s magical, spectacular, breath-taking, wild and natural and the Beachy Head Lighthouse with its iconic red and white stripes have become as much part of Beachy Head as the white cliffs themselves.

“The Beachy Head Lighthouse is probably one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.

“It has appeared on television, in film, the subject of many paintings and adorns merchandise that ranges from postcards to mugs to mouse mats – surely we should be doing what we can to preserve the stripes.

“The Save the Stripes campaign is doing a sterling job and has managed to secure the paint from Hempell/Crown and raise some money - but we have a long way to go yet.”