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Urgent appeal as Mousehole Harbour Lights need new home for 2014

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 19, 2013

By Josh Barrie

Mousehole lights switch-on in 2011. Committee members are thinking about where to put them after being taken down in January.

Mousehole lights switch-on in 2011. Committee members are thinking about where to put them after being taken down in January.

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AN URGENT appeal for the Mousehole Harbour lights has been put out for next year.

For many years the equipment has been stored at the village hall but work on the building means the lights will need to be kept elsewhere.

Lights committee member Ian Morris said when they are taken down at the beginning of January it is important there is somewhere dry for them to go.

"At the moment they would have to be left in a field," he said, "which is not ideal."

"We've used the hall for years – it was reroofed five or six years ago to make it waterproof.

"But now more work has to be carried out.

"We have to find an alternative location. There needs to be a suitable place for the lights."

Mr Morris said finding a site to store the Christmas lights was proving difficult.

He mentioned they had a number of possibilities but no formal arrangements made.

"They are very valuable – we don't want them stored anywhere where they might be damaged.

A lot of work has been put into them."

Unfortunately Mr Morris explained the committee did not have the resources to pay for a full commercial let – but said there is some money available to pay some sort of rent.

Diana Burroughs, committee secretary, was also worried about the situation.

She said: "The lights deteriorate so quickly if they are kept out of storage.

"Things like LEDs can be fragile. We need somewhere water-tight and secure."

Mrs Burroughs said last week they had someone come forward but were not sure things would work out – and stressed it was essential a place is sorted before the lights are taken down in early January 2014.

Mousehole Harbour lights are 50 years old this year and flocks of people visited the fishing port on Saturday for the Christmas switch-on.

Anyone who may know of a suitable location is asked to visit www.mouseholelights.org.uk and go to the contact page to get in touch.

For pictures of the switch-on see page 17.

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