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Restored Whitby lighthouse set to reopen in May

West Pier lighthouse, Whitby Image copyright wfmillar
Image caption The lighthouse was given Grade II listed status in 1972

A 19th Century listed lighthouse on a pier in Whitby is to be reopened to the public following restoration work.

The West Pier lighthouse has had a new roof as well as repairs to the stonework, windows and staircase.

It was closed to visitors in 2012 but the council received almost £90,000 from the coastal revival fund and it is set to reopen in May.

The 1832 structure stands 72ft (22m) high and could cast a light for more than 10 miles (16km).

The lighthouse ceased to be used for navigation in 1914 and the building was given Grade II listed status in 1972.

Image copyright Mike Kirby
Image caption The structure is set to reopen in May

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