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Lossiemouth lighthouse gets a fresh lick of paint


By Abbie Duncan

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THE painters have been at Covesea lighthouse in Lossie, giving the historic site a fresh look.

The workers from Edinburgh Painting Contractors were grateful for the nice weather, which meant they could finish the job on time. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The workers from Edinburgh Painting Contractors were grateful for the nice weather, which meant they could finish the job on time. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The staff from Edinburgh Painting Contractors, who last painted the lighthouse tower 25 years ago could be seen more than 90ft in the air in the platform of their suspended cradle painting the tower over the last three weeks.

The lighthouse is between 90 and 100ft high. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The lighthouse is between 90 and 100ft high. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Darren Marshall, who owns the family business, said: "The Lossie lighthouse is quite a tall and challenging lighthouse to paint at between 90 and 100ft high and it can initially be quite daunting, but we've been painting lighthouses for over 40 years so we're quite experienced and know what we're doing."

"We've been really lucky that the weather has been fantastic, so we have managed to get the job done quickly, because the lighthouse is so tall, we can't get up there in the wind or the rain."

From left; Stevie Martin, Ross Simpson and Darren Marshall who painted the lighthouse tower. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
From left; Stevie Martin, Ross Simpson and Darren Marshall who painted the lighthouse tower. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Darren Marshall (left) and Stevie Martin (right) on the platform suspended on the lighthouse tower. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Darren Marshall (left) and Stevie Martin (right) on the platform suspended on the lighthouse tower. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The painting of the main tower began on Monday, 18 April and was completed on Sunday, May 1 taking just under three weeks.

Mr Marshall added:"The paint job is looking tremendous, looks really good and we're quite pleased with it ourselves and to keep the contract for over 40 years means we're definitely doing something right."

"We've also had a lot of fun doing it, the jets (from nearby RAF Lossie) flew past us a lot and we're sometimes level with them when we're painting, so we've been giving them a wee wave as they go past. Although sometimes they would give us a bit of a fright, we wouldn't hear them coming and then they'd whizz past us."

Stevie Martin gives the lighthouse a fresh lick of paint from a suspended platform. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Stevie Martin gives the lighthouse a fresh lick of paint from a suspended platform. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

The entire repainting is estimated to cost around £70,000 the painters will continue to work at the lighthouse over the next few weeks.

The Covesea lighthouse painting has now been completed. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
The Covesea lighthouse painting has now been completed. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Graham Kilpatrick from Covesea Lighthouse. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Graham Kilpatrick from Covesea Lighthouse. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

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