Wednesday, 6 October 2010

LIGHTHOUSE POSTCARD FROM NORTHERN IRELAND

Donaghadee is a small town and quiet seaside resort in County Down, Northern Ireland, situated on the east coast, about 18 miles (29 km) from Belfast. Donaghadee is probably best known for its lighthouse and harbour. The tower was built in 1836 of cut limestone, fluted, and in its early days was unpainted in natural grey colour. Today the 16 m (53 ft) tower, including the lantern and dome, is painted white with a black plinth.
A serious fire damaged the optic and lantern on the 12th May 1900 and a temporary light had to be shown whilst a new optic was obtained and the damaged lantern repaired. This was completed by September of the same year. In October 1934 the light was the first in Ireland to be converted to electric power.


The Royal Mail issued on August 19th, 2010 a romantic series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the building of British Rail’s last ever steam locomotive, the 9F Class “Evening Star”. The six stamps feature photographies of lovely engines of the golden age of steam.

The 67p stamp shows the LNER (London North East Region) Class A1 locomotive, ‘Royal Lancer’ photographed in 1929. Thank you, Crystal.

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