Limelight for Lighthouse

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ONE of the area’s best-known landmarks is set to appear on a national TV documentary.

Souter Lighthouse will feature in Michael Portillo’s Great British Railway Journeys tonight on BBC 2 at 6.30pm, on a trip taking in Wearside, Durham and South Tyneside.

The episode covers the journey from Newcastle to Chester-le-Street, with sections filmed at Whitburn Coastal Park and at Souter Lighthouse, looking at the site of the former Whitburn Colliery.

The iconic red and white-striped Souter Lighthouse was opened in 1871, a technical marvel of its day and the first built to use electricity.

The structure, which has become one of the region’s best-known landmarks, was decommissioned in 1988 and taken over by the National Trust.

The machinery remains in working order and can be seen by visitors. The site is presently shut for the winter.