Friday, 13 August 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

Thank you, Crys for the nice view of this Irish light.
Blackhead Lighthouse is located atop a spectacular vertical cliff on a sharp headland at the northern entrance to Belfast Lough, about 4 km (2.5 mi) north of White Head, Northern Ireland. This magnificent tower is a proud example of Ireland's maritime heritage and was built in 1902, in the glory days of Belfast's shipping. The 15.5 m (51 ft) octagonal cylindrical granite tower is attached by a covered walkway to 2-story keeper's house. Additional keeper's houses and other buildings are available for vacation rental. The lighthouse was automated in 1979 and remains as impressive and powerful a navigation aid as ever.
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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