Souter Lighthouse sees record number of visitors

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AN iconic north east landmark is celebrating a record year for visits.

In its 25th anniversary year of being under the care of the National Trust, staff and volunteers at Souter Lighthouse have welcomed more than 28,000 visitors in a season for the first time and over half a million since opening to the public in 1990.

Nick Dolan, general manager for Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, said: “We’re all delighted that so many people have visited this year. It’s an inspirational place and the staff and volunteers work very hard to make it as attractive and family-friendly as possible, provide tasty home-made food, great customer service, and tell the stories of the lighthouse and this coast.

Thanks to everyone who has come to see us, and we look forward to welcoming many more people as we move further into 2015. Places of interest on the coast can only be a good thing, giving more reasons for people to enjoy the outdoors and get closer to nature.”

The 19 July marks the day Souter Lighthouse was opened as a National Trust property for the first time in 1990 and they’re celebrating all year with a host of events and activities planned.

Simon Colvine, visitor experience manager for Souter Lighthouse and The Leas explains more:

“Souter is always a special place to be and there’s lots to get involved with this year - from our Cadbury Easter Trails in April to Father Christmas’ visit in December! Look out for life-sized marine mammals taking over the foghorn field in August and a festival of colour as our Kites over Souter event returns in June.”

To keep up to date with what’s happening at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter.