Northumberland coast to feature in Channel 5 documentary on lighthouse

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The Farne Islands and Seahouses lifeboat are to feature on a Channel 5 documentary.

Lighthouses: Building the Impossible hosted by Rob Bell will be broadcast at 9pm on Friday, May 13.

The lifeboat crew recently spent a day filming with a TV crew around the Longstone lighthouse at the Farne Islands.

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From this location, Grace Darling carried out her famous rescue in 1838, from the wrecked steam ship Forfarshire and became a national heroine.

Longstone lighthouse.Longstone lighthouse.
Longstone lighthouse.

The lighthouse was constructed in 1826, replacing coal-fired beacons.

In 1990 Longstone lighthouse became fully automated, and the keepers were withdrawn.

The documentary will detail the challenges of building lighthouses to protect the shipping along our coastline.