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Revamp plan for iconic lighthouse
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The outside of the tower is to be repainted
A 130,000 revamp of an iconic Tyneside lighthouse is to take place.

North Tyneside council has announced improvement works to St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, which is 109 years old.

The makeover scheme will include painting the outside of the tower, replacing glazing in the lantern room and electrical work.

The authority is also looking to develop a master plan for the future of St Mary's island.

Elected mayor John Harrison, speaking at a meeting on Thursday night, said: "This is good news for visitors to St Mary's Island.

"We recognise that it's an important part of the borough's heritage which is why we're carrying out these improvements.

"Later this year we'll be asking for views on a master plan to preserve the island's existing structures and features as well as provide additional amenities and facilities for visitors."

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