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Work starts on Isle of Wight landmark

Tue 23 Nov 2010

Work starts on Isle of Wight landmark

Work has begun to repair one of the most famous Isle of Wight landmarks.

The Needles lighthouse is the subject of £500,000 improvement works, after it became in danger of being eroded into the sea.

Sean Crane, lighthouse attendant and boatman, stated that the facility is just as important now as it was when it was first opened more than 150 years ago.

Speaking to BBC News, he said: "Nowadays they talk a lot about electronics, but there is nothing that a mariner likes better than to see a proper, hard light shining out.

"It is just reassuring apart from anything else."

Lighthouse authority Trinity House is carrying out the work and one of its civil engineers, Ron Blakeley, stated that the project has come at the right time to save the Needles lighthouse.

The Needles are one of the top tourist attractions for those on Isle of Wight holidays, with an amusement park located at Alum Bay looking out to the famous sight.

Posted by Jon Noble ADNFCR-3083-ID-800251980-ADNFCR

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