16 March 2020

Staff volunteer to spruce up North Norfolk icon that dates back to 1791

2020 is a special year for Happisburgh Lighthouse who are celebrating 30 years since becoming the only independently operated working lighthouse in the UK. The lighthouse, known as an “icon of North Norfolk”, is run as a charity and relies entirely on volunteers.

Over two days, ahead of the 30-year celebrations, Victory Housing and RFT Repairs, both part of the largest housing provider in the East (Flagship Group) have supported the charity in pledging volunteers, skills and resources to refresh the lighthouse.

Adrian Barber, Managing Director for Victory Housing said, “We are delighted to have been involved in refreshing such an iconic building in a community where many of our customers live, and to support such a fantastic local charity in Victory’s heartland”.

Warren Gannaway, Managing Director for RFT said “At RFT Services, we are pleased to have been able to pledge the skills and resources to support this project for not only for the benefit of the local community but for visitors from far and wide”.

Happisburgh lighthouse first opened 229 years ago on 1 January 1791 and has been guiding the mariner ever since. There are 112 steps to the top and the tower is 85ft tall. The distinctive red/white bands outside were last re-painted in 2018.

Stephen Burke, chair of the Friends of Happisburgh Lighthouse, said "As we prepare to celebrate 30 years of being the UK's only independently run working lighthouse, Happisburgh Lighthouse is very grateful to volunteers from RFT and Victory for helping to refurbish the inside of the lighthouse. Thanks to all our volunteers, we will be guiding the mariner for many years to come. "