Stride out to the stripes

Save our Stripes walk to the lighthouse ENGSUS00120120705105747
Save our Stripes walk to the lighthouse ENGSUS00120120705105747

Here is your opportunity to see the iconic Beachy Head Lighthouse in its full splendour following the national campaign to have its red and white stripes repainted.

Funds of £27,000 were raised from the public – and celebrity donations including comedian Eddie Izzard who sent to school in Eastbourne – to repaint the lighthouse.

Now the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM is organising a walk along the beach so that everyone can see the lighthouse close up at in all its newly-painted glory.

It is only possible to walk around the Lighthouse when there are spring tides will provide a water-free area for a short time, and coupled with lighter evenings, this date is one of those rare opportunities.

All participants will be assembling by the kiosk by St. Bede’s School at the foot of Beachy Head at 3pm on April 27 for the walk.

The walk will be along the Downs to Cow Gap, then on the beach to the Lighthouse which should take around 50 minutes, and once there, they will be able to admire the work to restore the Lighthouse with its famous red and white stripes.

Organiser Martin Wellings said, “This was a campaign that caught the attention literally of people all over the world.

“We received donations – big and small – from so many people from so many different areas, including, of course, such great support locally.

“The Herald was very forthright in its support to have the lighthouse re-painted, and we are very grateful for that.”

The entry fee is £5 per adult and £2 per child for advance registrations (preferred), and £6/£2.50 for those who turn up on the day.

All proceeds will go towards the fund to keep the Lighthouse “in trim”, and other Rotary charities.

Details and application forms can be obtained by emailing or contact Martin Wellings on 410500 for further information.