Beachy Head Lighthouse campaign success – will be painted next year

The appeal to raise £27,000 to keep the Beachy Head Lighthouse red and white stripes has reached its target – and will be repainted next year.

Crown Paint with the help of Brewers will donate the paint and Trinity House is now looking for a contractor to carry out the work during the spring tide.

Campaigners say they are delighted the community has rallied round to help raise the money needed in just 12 months.

Shirley Moth, who spearheaded the campaign said, “We did it. Thanks to the generosity of the people of Eastbourne and beyond we have reached our target.”

The appeal was launched last October after Trinity House which owns the light house said it could no longer justify the huge cost of repainting the stripes as the majority of boat owners use satellite navigation systems and it would have to return to its natural granite grey colour.

Shirley Moth set up the Save the Stripes Facebook group which was then backed by the Eastbourne Herald and Eastbourne Rotary AM.

Street collections were held in the town centre and Arndale Centre, people pledged their support and donations flooded in from across the world and included support from famous celebrities including Eddie Izzard, who donated £2,000, John Craven and Griff Rhys Jones.

A Lighthouse Challenge walk was organised which saw 250 people walk out to the tower during low tide and the campaign was also recently featured on the BBC One Countryfile programme after Matt Baker spent the day meeting fundraisers.

There were also hefty donations from Eastbourne Borough Council, which got the campaign off to a flying start with £10,000, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association which donated £2,000, the Duke of Devonshire who donated £1,000 and the Beachy Head Countryside Centre which sold hundreds of miniature red and white lighthouses and handed over £1,000.