by John | Jan 19, 2016 |

Orfordness Lighthouse: Repairs have begun!


Earlier this month Orfordness Lighthouse made the headlines after strong waves and winds caused a devastating effect on the lighthouse defences. Nicholas Gold, founding member of the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust, launched an urgent appeal to raise £10,000 to carry out immediate repairs. Today the Trust announced fantastic news that they have reached their fundraising target!

In light of this The Orfordness Lighthouse Trust have expressed their thanks saying “Thank you to everyone who has been able to help us in achieving this goal. We have been overwhelmed by the interest and support we have received. From £5 to £500 everyone’s donation is been important and we are immensely grateful. We hope that you can look out at Orfordness Lighthouse and know you had a part in it still being there for everyone to enjoy.” The speed at which the funds were raised and the number of messages the Trust have received with stories of people’s connection to the lighthouse, from family holidays to those who served on the Ness during World War II, really illustrates how dearly regarded this iconic landmark is.  

The work to carry out the repairs began first thing this morning. Starting at dawn, the high-performance geo-textile and the 10-tonne digger were shipped across the River Ore. It is thought that the work will take a week to complete as they will have to work between tides. In what has been dubbed “Operation Sausage Roll”, the volunteers will be loading builders sacks full of shingle and sand. These will then wrapped in the geo-textile to make the ‘sausages’ that will be formed on the beach around the base of the Lighthouse. The extra sausages will reinforce the existing defences which are doing their job but need a bit of help in the face of the winter storms.

Although Operation Sausage Roll is only a temporary solution it has brought valuable time for the Trust to make plans for a more permanent preservation of Orfordness Lighthouse.

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