Iconic North Tyneside landmark set to close for restoration

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St Mary’s Lighthouse will close from the end of this week as refurbishments on the Grade II listed building get underway, with the council confirming the visitors centre would re-open in a few months

St Mary’s Lighthouse is set to be restored and closed for months as vital work is undertaken.

The lighthouse in Whitley Bay is undergoing much-needed repairs and a touch-up to restore it to its former glory, with the Grade II listed building set to close on Monday, June 24.

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It will re-open in mid-September but will remain closed to the public for months as vital works are carried out. The causeway will also close on June 24, reopening on July 22. Visitors can then enjoy the coastline and rock pools on the island during the low tide.

The causeway will close again in September for two weeks as the work draws to a close so construction vehicles can safely leave the island. 

North Tyneside Council’s Director of Regeneration and Economic Development, John Sparkes, said:  “I’m delighted that work will be begin on St Mary’s Lighthouse. It’s one of our most popular attractions, with more than 70,000 people visiting it every year. 

“It has sentimental meaning for many in the region, and this investment is crucial to preserve the lighthouse for future generations. The lighthouse, keeper’s cottages and visitor centre will be re-painted, and any repair work carried out sensitively. 

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“The lighthouse is a listed building, and a vital hub for marine conservation. We’re working closely with community organisations and residents to make sure the work has minimal impact on the nature reserve and buildings”.  

The lighthouse was built and completed in 1898 and first lit on August 31 of that year. It was later decommissioned in 1984 and has held a Grade II listed ranking since 2012. It now serves as a visitors centre.

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