There’s concern about our famous lighthouse at the foot of Beachy Head;
The story goes it will cost too much to repaint it white and red.
As well, we’re told it must be left to slowly fade to grey;
There’s many here who are all shocked and want to have their say.
I’m not a local man you know, but this I do believe;
With effort from all round we can this site reprieve.
I’ll put my penn’orth in the hat and help out if I may;
To keep our icon spic and span to safely light the way.
Of course there’s lots to take on board to make this all come true;
But it will only come to life with help from folks who care like you.
My parents, Londoners by birth, would cycle everywhere;
At Beachy Head they saw the sights, and paused for lunch whilst there.
So many agencies take profit from our island’s history;
Yet, will they release some funding for this task? We’ll have to wait and see.
If nothing’s done this land will be of another jewel bereft;
We’ll finish up with a legacy entitled, sorry – nothing left!
The way of using modern paints could last the light for years;
Some 25 of them we’re told, if we can believe our ears.
It seems, therefore, we have a choice to check this situation;
For once in our lives to preserve this light as a beacon for our nation.