Campaign gathers pace to save crumbling lighthouse

Wyre Light off Fleetwood's coast and (below) Anne Martin.
Wyre Light off Fleetwood's coast and (below) Anne Martin.
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A campaigner has begun the process of listing an important part of Fleetwood’s heritage to save it from destruction.

The Lighthouse Keepers Association is fighting to secure Wyre Light as a Listed Building and put pressure on its owners to restore it.

Anne Martin

Anne Martin

Anne Martin, a member of the LKA fears the 173-year-old structure will shortly collapse and be lost forever if it is not looked after.

She said: “Wyre Light is in a very dilapidated state and is in danger of completely collapsing into the sea.

“It’s a part of our maritime heritage and could be a listed building.

“If it was, whoever owns it would be obliged to restore it and look after it.”

Wyre Light is one of the town’s three lighthouses and the first of its kind to be used in the UK, but it is unclear who owns it.

It has stood in its position off Fleetwood since being built in 1840 but was ruined by a fire in 1948 and was never restored.

Mrs Martin added: “Wyre Light is unique.

“It’s the first ever screwpile lighthouse to be lit in the world and it’s something different.

“There are many lighthouses around the country but this is unique and it does seem rather sad if it does disappear into the sand which is going to happen if somebody doesn’t do anything.

“Fleetwood is a unique town on the British Isles because it is the only town in Britain with three lighthouses and if this disappears we won’t have that claim anymore.

Every year, around 1,500 walkers go out to the lighthouse in a sponsored Wreck Trek to raise money for Fleetwood Lifeboat.

And the campaign to secure the structure’s future has been backed by the crew.

Steve Carroll, a senior mechanic at Fleetwood Lifeboat Station, said: “Wyre Light is getting to an age where we do need to save it.

“It’s a landmark and I would support something like this.”

Associated British Ports has told The Gazette they do not own the site and Wyre Council has previously denied having responsibility for it.

Paul Jervis, ABP Port Manager North West, said: “ABP is not aware of the ownership of the Wyre Light; however, the structure is on land under the ownership of the Dutchy of Lancaster and we would advise that any interested parties contact them.”

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