Lighthouse will be repainted

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The appeal to raise £27,000 to repaint the iconic Beachy Head Lighthouse has been reached.

Campaigners say they are delighted to have reached their target and it now looks as if the red and white stripes will be repainted early next spring.

Shirley Moth from the Save the Beachy Head Lighthouse Stripes group, who spearheaded the fundraising appeal after lighthouse owners Trinity House revealed last year it could not afford the cost of repainting, said, “We did it. We set out to raise £27,000 and thanks to the generosity of the people of Eastbourne and beyond we have reached our target.

“We are now in talks with Trinity House to get a contractor to carry out the work and will be handing the money over so the repainting can be done during the spring tides next year.”

Donations have flooded in from across the world to repaint the famous lighthouse as well as support from celebrities including Eddie Izzard, who donated £2,000, John Craven and Griff Rhys Jones and the campaign was also featured on BBC One’s Countryfile programme last month after Matt Baker met those behind the appeal.