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Darwen's Crown Paints restores iconic Beachy Head Lighthouse
10:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
THE final coat of East Lancashire paint has been applied to the iconic Beachy Head Lighthouse following a campaign to revive its fading red and white stripes.
A five-strong team of workmen spent three weeks applying several coats of paint to freshen up the appearance of the 141ft landmark off the south coast.
Darwen’s Crown Paints donated 655 litres of paint for the job.
Martin Griffin, managing director of Hailsham-based Sussex Blast Cleaning, which has overseen the project, said: “We have done it in just under three weeks. We lost four days due to bad weather, but we have worked quickly using sprays, rollers and brushes. Crown Paints says it should last up to 10 years. It looks absolutely brilliant now, particularly with the sun shining on it.”
Nick Frowen, managing director of Hempel UK, which bought Crown two years ago, said: “Crown Paints has been protecting lighthouses with its own Sandtex systems for more than 50 years.
“We decided to make the donation of these coatings to mark the coming together of Hempel and Crown Paints.”
A £27,000 fundraising campaign was launched after Trinity House, which oversees navigational aids around Britain’s coastline, said the lighthouse was no longer needed as a daymark.
The distinctive red stripes were to be left to fade because of the cost of repainting.
But locals, backed by celebrities including Eddie Izzard, John Craven and Bill Bryson, stepped in to raise the money needed.
Campaign co-ordinator Shirley Moth said: “It is beyond our expectations. It just looks so bright, and you realise how much it had faded.
“A big thank you to Crown Paints for donating the paint for this project.”
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