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By: Tony Beddard

Last Keeper's Lighthouse Stories

Pages: 140 Ratings: 5.0
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The very nature of lighthouses captures the imagination. Being marooned on different lighthouses throughout my career has produced many memorable incidents and humorous stories. Diverse locations like Lundy, Alderney, Wolf, Sark, all have something unique to offer. Rock tower lighthouses, land lights or island lighthouses, each one is different. Cooped up on a tower and being pounded by heavy seas is not only exhilarating, but frightening as well. Fog signals can play a huge part in a good duty period and the relief for going ashore is always welcomed. The characters are what makes this book such a good read. It gets your chuckle chops in overdrive, especially at some of the antics on the lights. A month’s duty is filled with incidents and the constant change in weather conditions has an effect on everything that you do. These stories will show how hardship goes hand in glove with humour whilst aboard.

Tony left secondary modern school at 16 and started working in the local F W Woolworth store where he met and subsequently married his wife. Promotion within this organisation had the family moving to different locations, and he eventually ended up at St Ives with his own store management. His four children grew up and attended grammar school, and he was immensely proud of their achievements. When he was asked to move again, it was an easy decision to make, and having settled happily, he left Woolworth and joined Trinity House. The best move he ever made as he really enjoyed the life, and a month on duty and a month at home was sheer bliss. When redundancy happened through the automation of Lighthouses, Tony was devastated but he picked himself up and joined Torbay Hospital as a technician in the sterilisation department, autoclaving surgical instruments. This took him up to retirement age at 65, and he has enjoyed his retirement immensely. Green bowling now occupies most of his time. He still misses the excitement of lighthouses, but that time is now well past.

Customer Reviews
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  • Peter Armstrong

    A great fun read. Tony really puts you in his shoes as you experience through his unique storytelling, his fascinating career as a lighthouse keeper and the capers, stories and life lessons he had.
    Highly recommended, bite-sized stories will sometimes have you in stitches and sometimes leave you reflecting.

  • Lighthouse

    I love lighthouse but many people fight for life when others fight for money, but I don't like it. I am trying to be next to you, the time is ending, but don't give up on life love your life.

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