Lighthouse bell sounds again
A SPECIAL ceremony was held to officially unveil a former lighthouse bell now on display in Portishead.
Representatives from Portishead Town Council, Bristol Port Company and residents attended the event to mark the installation of the bronze bell at Wyndham Way.
The bell, which weighs two tonnes, used to hang in the Battery Point Lighthouse and automatically sound to warn sailors travelling along the Bristol Channel of treacherous weather conditions. It was put in the lighthouse when it was built in 1931 but removed 12 years ago because of concerns surrounding the structural strength of the lighthouse.
The town council paid £1 for the bell after local residents Annette Hennessy and Carol Thomas tracked it down to a dusty warehouse at Portbury Docks.
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The project has taken nearly two years to come to fruition.
The ceremony was attended by Bristol Port Company Chief Executive, Simon Bird, director Martin Downey, Roger Henley and director of communications Sue Turner and project architect, Paul Brookes.
Also attending was Annette Hennessy, Carole Thomas, town councillors and local residents.