Bill Bryson supports lighthouse stripes appeal

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TRAVEL writer Bill Bryson has added his support to the campaign to repaint Beachy Head Lighthouse’s iconic stripes.

Bill, who penned ‘Notes From a Small Island’ among a handful of travel books, said, “Beachy Head Lighthouse is one of the most uplifting sights anywhere along the English coastline, indeed, along any coastline, and those jaunty red stripes are what make it literally outstanding.

“It would be a tragedy to lose them.”

There has also been support from Ronda Armitage, author of the Lighthouse Keeper children’s books, who lives locally and will be holding a book signing in the new year.

Shirley Moth from the campaign, run together with Eastbourne AM Rotary and the Eastbourne Herald, said, “We will be contacting local schools to ask for help with fundraising either with poster competitions or red and white mufti days or any other ideas they can come up with.

“We also hope that local businesses will now help up the total by donating to our appeal especially if their logo incorporates a red and white lighthouse.”

Repainting the Beachy Head Lighthouse’s iconic stripes will take four weeks, according to campaigners.

Although the red and white paint has been donated by Crown, the cost of specialist contractors being brought in to carry out the work will be around £27,000.

So far £2,000 has been raised in two months.

After the festive period campaigners will be applying for Heritage Lottery funding.

Officials from Trinity House, which owns the lighthouse, are working with the campaign group and last month were down at the light tower assessing the state of the building.

• Click on the link to read more about the appeal.