International Lighthouse weekend success

Building lighthouses: Museum director, Virginia Mayes-Wright taking time away from her other duties to teach visitors to make lighthouses. picture: Alison Kennedy
Building lighthouses: Museum director, Virginia Mayes-Wright taking time away from her other duties to teach visitors to make lighthouses. picture: Alison Kennedy

The Museum of Scottish Lighthouse held a highly successful International Lighthouse Weekend recently with almost 300 visitors enjoying the numerous activities ongoing within the popular tourist attraction.

In total, 295 adults and children enjoyed a free tour up the lighthouse, craft activities and finding out where the Museum’s volunteer radio operator had contacted.

Making radio contact: Gerry Bartrun of Banff and Buchan Amatuer Radio club making contact with St Petersburg. picture: Alison Kennedy

Making radio contact: Gerry Bartrun of Banff and Buchan Amatuer Radio club making contact with St Petersburg. picture: Alison Kennedy

Commenting on the success of the weekend, museum director, Virginia Mayes-Wright said: “We had a fantastic weekend.

“Volunteers from the Museum’s friends group ran various activities for children, including making woolly creatures as part of the Museum’s Under the Sea and Knautical Knitting projects.

“The weather was good for radio signal, and this year the Museum saw an increase in contact from operators across the United Kingdom as well as making contact with operators from Sweden and Belgium.

“During the weekend, radio operators race to contact each other with the operator making most contacts winning.

Craft sessions: Ethel West teaching Taniqua Falconer (6) to make catty's tails at the Lighthouse Museum. picture: Alison Kennedy

Craft sessions: Ethel West teaching Taniqua Falconer (6) to make catty's tails at the Lighthouse Museum. picture: Alison Kennedy

“We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s International Lighthouse Weekend and hope the Herald’s readers will be able to join us then.”

The International Lighthouse Weekend is set up to promote the use of lighthouses across the world, as well as raising the profile of amateur radio operators.

Under construction: Dominik Noble (3), Lewis Gault and Colin Clark enjoy making lighthouses during International Lighthouse Weekend. picture: Alison Kennedy

Under construction: Dominik Noble (3), Lewis Gault and Colin Clark enjoy making lighthouses during International Lighthouse Weekend. picture: Alison Kennedy