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Island lighthouse paint challenge

Penmon by Joan West
Painters work on the Penmon lighthouse

While summer is usually a good time to give the house a lick of paint, there are a few extra challenges with one Anglesey project.

Penmon lighthouse is given a new coat of paint every four or five years.

A three-man team hope to take a week using ropes, scaffolding and a cradle, although that could change with the weather.

Nearly 200 litres of black and white paint will be used, before the painters turn to the slightly easier job inside.

The lighthouse is normally accessed by foot at low tide and by a boat during tidal flood.

Built in 1838 at Black Point, or Trwyn-du, half a mile south of Puffin Island, Penmon lighthouse is situated on a low-lying rock surrounded by shingle beaches.

The distinctive black and white bands around the 29m (95ft) tall tower are being given an oil-based gloss finish.

A spokeswoman for Trinity House, which is responsible for Penmon, said: "The lighthouse is inspected annually - the painting is undertaken, based on condition, with the expectation being that it would be painted on a four or five yearly cycle."

Two keepers originally manned the lighthouse until it became automated in 1922.

It was converted to solar power in 1996.




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