Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Isle of Man's Tower of Refuge illuminated

Tower of Refuge - picture courtesy of the Isle of Man government
Image caption The Tower of Refuge was built in Douglas Bay in 1832

One of the Isle of Man's most famous landmarks will be lit up, following a series of repairs.

The Department of Infrastructure has been carrying out work to the Tower of Refuge, in Douglas Bay, since 2006.

Walls have been repaired, including replacing missing sections, and a new electricity cable installed.

The lighting was the final stage of the project. Special LED fittings were used so the tower can be lit up in different colours, the department said.

The tower, built on Conister Rock in Douglas in 1832, was the idea of Sir William Hillary, founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

It was designed as a shelter for the crews of vessels which were wrecked on the nearby reef.

Phil Gawne MHK, minister for infrastructure, said: "I am satisfied with the quality, style and type of illumination that has been chosen for the Tower of Refuge and pleased that this marks the end of the successful major works to the tower.

"The tower forms an important part of the Isle of Man's heritage and the illumination helps to highlight the building and gives it the prominence it deserves in Douglas Bay."

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