Sunday, 4 July 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM SCOTLAND

The Stoer Head Lighthouse stands on a rocky promontory surrounded on two sides by cliffs near the westernmost point of the Stoer Peninsula, in the Highlands, Scotland. This is a remote, wild and lonely spot and over the centuries this area became the graveyard of many ships. The lighthouse was built in 1870 by David and Thomas Stevenson, members of the Stevenson dynasty who as successive generations of chief engineers of the Northern Lighthouse Board were responsible for building most of Scotland's lighthouses. The 14 m (56 ft) round cylindrical stone tower is attached to a 2-story keeper's house and was automated in 1978. The keepers' accommodation is today rented out as two holiday apartments.
On May 13th, 2010 Royal Mail issued a set of twelve stamps called “Britain Alone “dedicated to all British people who stood proud and defiant against the Axis powers in the dark days of 1940. The 67p stamp is a tribute to the Air Raid Wardens: a volunteer responsible for air raid safety sets the ‘black out clock’ ready for ‘Lights Out’. Air raid wardens or air-raid wardens had the task of patrolling the streets during blackout, to ensure that no light was visible. Other duties included helping to police areas suffering bomb damage and helping the householders. ARP wardens were trained in fire-fighting and first aid, and could keep an emergency situation under control until official help arrived.

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