Beachy Head lighthouse left to fade to grey

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Beachy Head's lighthouse will be allowed to return to natural granite because officials said the cost of painting it red and white could no longer be justified.

Lighthouse authority Trinity House said the lighthouse, at the foot of Beachy Head cliffs in East Sussex, cost £45,000 to repaint every 10 years.

But electronic navigational aids mean it was no longer needed as a daytime marker for sailors.

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