The award of a £6,000 grant from the Coastal Revival Fund means that New Brighton Coastal Community Team can now go ahead with plans to re-light the lighthouse for the first time in 43 years.
The ‘Brighten New Brighton’ project will restore the lights at the top of the lighthouse in their original form, with the lighting will be powered through a solar panel installation.
The funding will also procure the supply and installation of four LED downlighters fitted to the exterior of the lighthouse, lighting its body from below the walkway surrounding its dome. These will be co-ordinated with the colour theme.
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Wirral councillor Pat Hackett said: “It is not often that you get the chance to bring a piece of history back to life.
“With the lighthouse, NBCCT wants to revive this significant asset – a recognised symbol of New Brighton and key part of its heritage – to become a tourist attraction in its own right.
“We are very grateful to the current owners of the lighthouse in working with us to reinvigorate this wonderful piece of New Brighton’s history.’
Perch Rock lighthouse has been unlit since it was decommissioned back in 1973 but the Grade II structure remains a significant and well-loved landmark for New Brighton residents and visitors alike.
When it was a functioning lighthouse, guiding international shipping into the mouth of the Mersey and towards the docks, Perch Rock lighthouse flashed a distinctive series of three lights – two white, followed by one red.
‘Brighten New Brighton’ will re-light the lighthouse referencing this historic sequence and colour scheme on Saturday 23rd April.
— Wirral Radio (@WirralRadio921) April 21, 2016
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