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Community comes together to restore beacon ahead of Memorial Day

Residents from across Thurrock gathered recently to celebrate the successful restoration of one of the borough’s fire beacons.

Members of the West Tilbury, East Tilbury and Linford Community Forum (WELCOM Forum) came together at Coalhouse Fort Park on Friday 21 September to watch as local blacksmiths David Theobald and John Clout brought the beacon back to life.

Erected in 1988 to mark the 400th anniversary of defeating the Spanish Armada, the Coalhouse Fort Park beacon had since fallen into disrepair since last being lit in the 1990s.

With restoration works now being complete, the beacon will be lit as part of a nationwide 'Beacons of Light' ceremony on 11 November to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. The public event will bring together Coalhouse Fort volunteers, local schoolchildren and bands, and other community groups for a series of readings and performances related to the First World War.

Cllr Deborah Huelin, portfolio holder for communities, said: "The restoration of one of our beacons puts a little bit of history back into Thurrock.

"We look forward to hosting a very special event this November in Thurrock to mark the one hundred years since the end of World War 1. Thank you to local resident Lesley Keefe and members of the WELCOM Forum for helping to secure funding from our Community Development Fund to bring one of our beacons back to life!"

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