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Old Hunstanton landmark reopens following lightning damage


By Lynn News Reporter


An iconic seaside landmark in West Norfolk has reopened following a direct lightning strike last month.

The Old Lighthouse at Old Hunstanton, owned by Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages, required repairs to its turret tower following the damage to it on July 27.

GV Picture of Hunstanton Lighthouse and the damage to the top from a Lightning Strike. (3321969)
GV Picture of Hunstanton Lighthouse and the damage to the top from a Lightning Strike. (3321969)

It was closed for just over a week, and as the lightning strike knocked out power, guests were forced to stay at one of Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages' nearby properties.

The guests were accommodated at Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages' Sea Folly property which overlooks Hunstanton's cliffs.

GV Picture of Hunstanton Lighthouse and the damage to the top from a Lightning Strike. (3321971)
GV Picture of Hunstanton Lighthouse and the damage to the top from a Lightning Strike. (3321971)

The repairs were supported by Hilltop Builders, Wisbech Electrical and Wensum Painters, and meant guests arriving the week after were not disrupted.

Work being done to repair the Old Lighthouse at Old Hunstanton. Photo: Jamie Murfitt. (3505834)
Work being done to repair the Old Lighthouse at Old Hunstanton. Photo: Jamie Murfitt. (3505834)

Norfolk Coast Holiday Cottages’ director Jac Sandy said: "Our guests often say how much the lighthouse’s position overlooking the sea and with views of Norfolk’s big skies offers a fantastic experience.

GV Picture of Hunstanton Lighthouse. (3321967)
GV Picture of Hunstanton Lighthouse. (3321967)

“However the extreme weather of the recent storm was incredible and on this occasion The Old Lighthouse took a strike from Mother Nature.

We are obviously relieved that no-one was hurt by the strike to the lighthouse and are enormously grateful to the businesses which helped us to restore order and get things back on track for guests arriving the following week.”



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