The campaign to save the iconic lighthouse at St John’s point in County Down, Northern Ireland, is gathering pace with the support of a the charity rowing boat crew ‘Lexi May’ and visiting RNLI fundraiser Alex Ellis-Roswell.
The four man UK Charity Row 2015 crew are currently 1,350 miles into circumnavigating the UK in their 26-year-old Australian surf boat, Lexi May. The rowers arrived in Ardglass, Northern Ireland on the same day as Alex Ellis-Roswell called into the fishing village some 4,000 miles into his epic 9,500 mile challenge to walk the entire shoreline of the British Isles.
Fundraiser Alex Ellis- Alex believes it will take 3 years to complete his arduous task, all the while raising funds for the RNLI. Alex took a well earned weekend off in Ardglass to support the lighthouse campaign, complained: “I decided to take few days off to enjoy Ardglass, but they’ve marched me around the lighthouse until I’m exhausted!”
The UK Charity Row 2015 crew have also joined the support group to save the lighthouse. Skipper Mark Green commented: “We’ve had our fair share of spills and scares, and although we have electronic navigation on board we have already been let down by electrical failure on passage to Brightlingsea, so it’s very reassuring to have a bright light to confirm our position and guide us safely into port.”
The 130ft lighthouse is the tallest in Ireland and has shone for 176 years, providing safety and comfort to seafaring community and their families. The local community has galvanised around the campaign to prevent downgrading of this vital aid to navigation from its current 30 mile range to the inferior less than 10 mile illumination range of LED replacement lamps.
To support the campaign to save the lighthouse, please sign the petition “Please stop downgrading the historic light at St John’s Point“ on change.org
Latest developments can be found on their Facebook page The Lighthouse People (Killough)
Donations via Alex to the RNLI can be made at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/longwalkround
Readers wanting to support UK Charity Row 2015 can do so at http://ukcharityrow2015.co.uk/