Scottish lighthouse to be restored with lottery cash

October 6, 2009 by  
Filed under Lottery News

Sumburgh Head lighthouse in the Shetland Isles is to be restored to its former glory thanks to money from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund. Not only is this iconic Scottish lighthouse to be restored with lottery cash but it will also be opened up to the public.

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse has been a part of Shetland history since it was first built in 1821 by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. Built on the site of an ancient promontory fort, the lighthouse has saved many lives over the years. Standing at 299ft the Sumburgh Head lighthouse can be seen from 23 miles out to sea and now it will be opened to the public with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £683,000.

Money from the Heritage Lottery Fund grant will be used to convert the existing engine room into a visitor’s centre which will be used to interpret the story of the lighthouse and the Stevenson family, while radar huts will be opened up to tell the history of the lighthouse during World War II.

Once again a national treasure is being preserved for generations to come with help from the National Lottery. It’s always nice to hear lottery news stories like this as they help you to remember that every time you buy tickets for any National Lottery games some of your ticket money is going to good causes, and don’t forget you can buy tickets for the National Lottery and many other major world lotteries right here at Online Lotto.