[P]lans are being made to celebrate the renovation of one of the world’s oldest cast iron lighthouses.
The landmark, which sits on Maryport’s harbour, has featured in paintings by LS Lowry. Earlier this year, it underwent a major refurbishment to protect it for the future, and replace recent additions which were not in keeping with the original architecture. As a result it has been painted inside and out, and a corroded steel panel has been removed, with a new cast iron sheet being put in its place.
Allerdale Borough Council’s property services team has been managing the renovation, which was funded by a £50,000 grant, on behalf of Maryport Coastal Communities Team. The Maryport Lighthouse project was one of 15 initiatives along the British coastline to benefit from a share of £700,000 of government cash with the aim of regenerating seaside towns.
On Thursday 18 May, the town will come together for a celebration of the completion of the work. Children from Maryport Church of England Junior School will read poems to mark the occasion, there will be music and a salute from a trumpeter, and a visit from the local lifeboat crew.
Toni Magean, Maryport’s town centre manager, said: “It is great to see this landmark looking so good again. We want to really showcase it as a visitor attraction, for those who love their maritime history, or those who simply love the coast. The paintwork is gleaming again and this is something I hope the whole town can be proud of.”
All are welcome to join the celebrations which take place on Thursday 18 May at the lighthouse from 11am.