English Heritage takes control of Low Lighthouse

Image caption, English Heritage has taken over the maintenance of the lighthouse

The keys to a nationally important lighthouse on the Hampshire coast have been handed over to English Heritage.

Control of Low Lighthouse, at Hurst Castle, near Lymington, was transferred by Trinity House, the lighthouse authority at a ceremony on Thursday.

The 21m (70ft) tall lighthouse was used between 1911 and 1997 and is now protected as a scheduled monument.

The ceremony was attended by the Friends of Hurst Castle and members of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers.

Rear Admiral Sir Jeremy De Halpert, deputy master of Trinity House, presented a set of antique lighthouse keys to Dawn Postlethwaite of English Heritage in Hampshire.

English Heritage will now be responsible for the maintenance of the tower.

Visitor operations director Tracey Wahdan said: "The transfer of guardianship to English Heritage will ensure that the Low Lighthouse and its colourful history can be enjoyed by future generations of visitors to Hurst Castle."

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