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Volunteers needed to help open St Bees Head Fog Horn Station

St Bees Head Fog Horn Station (c) Sophie Badrick
St Bees Head Fog Horn Station (c) Sophie Badrick

The National Trust and Colourful Coast Partnership will be opening the doors of the St Bees Head Fog Horn Station and welcoming the public into this iconic building for the first time in September as part of Heritage Open Days. Excitingly, there’s the chance to be involved behind the scenes and volunteer as a Fog Horn Station Guide for this unique event which takes place between the 9th and 11th September 2016.

Sophie Badrick, Colourful Coast Project Officer, said: “It’s such an unusual building, the generators and speakers are still in place and it feels like the last operators have just left the building. We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors for the first time but we need people to help us to make this happen. We need volunteers to give a warm welcome to those people who’ve walked from Whitehaven or St Bees to come and discover the building.”

The Station can be found perching on top of the sandstone cliffs at St Bees Head and while it’s no longer used to warn passing ships of the dangers they may encounter, the building remains quietly standing guard. Inside, the machinery remains in place creating a nostalgic atmosphere.

St Bees Fog Horn Station (c) Ed Jagger
St Bees Fog Horn Station (c) Ed Jagger

Sophie went on to say ‘We need friendly, outgoing people to help bring the building to life. Telling stories, answering questions and helping people look around and admire the views. You don’t need to have volunteered before – you just need a head for heights and to be reasonably fit as there’s no access by road. You’ll be rewarded by the stunning views towards the Isle of Man and a chance to get involved showing off this piece of history’

If you’d like to be involved with this unique experience then please contact Sophie by emailing [email protected]

The St Bees Head Fog Signal Station will be open to the public from 11am – 3pm on 9, 10 and 11 September 2016.

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