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Flamborough Lighthouse


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Tony Denton submitted this unusual photo of the Flamborough Lighthouse, built in 1806 on a rocky point overlooking the North Sea on England's east coast. Here's Tony's explanation of what's happening in the photo:

"The Bridlington fire station is in a compact area and they don't have room to practice, so every so often they go up to Flamborough Head about four miles away and practice maneuvering to each window in the lighthouse in turn. In this way, they can be proficient if they get a fire in a tall building in their area, but do not disrupt anyone while they practice. The fireman on top told us later that even though it was a calm day, it was very windy up top. I could not help but admire how the man on the ladder controls maneuvered the bucket so smoothly, straight to each location. There was nothing dramatic happening. One wag joked they were moonlighting as window cleaners."

This story appeared in the November 2006 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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