Lighthouse stripes project gets £1,000

Beachy Head Lighthouse pictures from Mark Jarvis
Beachy Head Lighthouse pictures from Mark Jarvis

THE CAMPAIGN to repaint the red and white stripes at the Beachy Head Lighthouse has been given a £1,000 cash boost from the Duke of Devonshire.

The Duke, who owns much of Eastbourne, said he was delighted to support the Save the Stripes Appeal, launched to raise money for the iconic stripes to be repainted after lighthouse owners Trinity House said it couldn’t afford the repaint job and it would have to be returned to its natural granite grey colour.

Campaigners have held street collections, a charity hike out to the lighthouse by almost 250 people and more events are planned.

The amount of money in the coffers now stands at just under £15,000 and organisers are getting ready for the final push to raise the extra £10,000 needed so the re-painting work can begin.

The campaign was given a further boost last week with celebrity comedian and former Eastbourne College student Eddie Izzard joining the appeal and following it on social media platform Twitter.

Shirley Moth from the campaign group said she hoped local businesses would follow in the Duke’s footsteps and donate to the campaign.

“Leaving Beachy Head Lighthouse to return to a grey colour is simply not an option,” she said.

“Its red and white stripes are iconic and we would now love to hear from any businesses, particularly those that use the lighthouse in their logo or advertising, with any donations.”

Donations can be made via paypal, at Arlington Road Medical Practice, the Eastbourne Herald offices, PST Travel or at any NatWest Branch or via online banking payable to Eastbourne AM Rotary Club Lighthouse, sort code 524100, account number 40384616.