Beachy Head lighthouse set for refit

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Work on repainting the Beachy Head Lighthouse is set to begin in the new few weeks.

Campaigners to keep the iconic red and white stripes this week handed over a cheque for £27,000 – raised by the community – to officials from Trinity House which owns the lighthouse during a visit and a survey of the building.

Martin Wellings from Eastbourne Rotary AM, Herald chief reporter Annemarie Field and Cheryl Kassebi from the Keep the Stripes group were give a tour of the lighthouse by Trinity House directors, Jim Scorer, Roger Barker and Simon Millyard.

They revealed all was set for the repainting project which will see a team of specialists live on the lighthouse for three weeks and paint the red and white stripes.

The campaign group was set up by Shirley Moth 18 months ago after Trinity House said it could not justify the cost of repainting the red and white stripes.

A fundraising appeal was launched and within a year £27,000 had been raised.

Work set to begin painting the iconic red and white lighthouse in the next few weeks