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Happisburgh Lighthouse to host celebratory bank holiday open days

PUBLISHED: 15:12 27 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:36 28 March 2018

Happisburgh Lighthouse is to hold celebratory bank holiday open days. Picture: Ian Burt

Happisburgh Lighthouse is to hold celebratory bank holiday open days. Picture: Ian Burt

Happisburgh Lighthouse is to mark a special anniversary by holding public open days over the Easter and May bank holidays.

Happisburgh Lighthouse is to hold celebratory bank holiday open days. Picture: ANTONY KELLYHappisburgh Lighthouse is to hold celebratory bank holiday open days. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Visitors will have the chance to climb the 112 steps of the lighthouse and take in the sensational views, while also learning about its history.

The lighthouse is the only one in the UK that is independently operated and this year it is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the optic which magnifies the light beamed from the tower.

The optic is comprised of glass prisms which date back to 1868 and refract and magnify light, making the tower visible from up to 18 miles away.

Patrick Tubby, chair of Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust, said: “It’s fantastic that Happisburgh Lighthouse continues to use a beautiful piece of Victorian engineering to project the light to seaward.”

Happisburgh Lighthouse is to hold celebratory bank holiday open days. Picture: ANTONY KELLYHappisburgh Lighthouse is to hold celebratory bank holiday open days. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The lighthouse will be open from 10.30am until 4pm on April 1 and 2 and May 6, 7, 27 and 28.

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