UHI students answer call in historic lighthouse clean-up

Moray College students to the rescue in clean-up operation
Moray College students to the rescue in clean-up operation

A MORAY LANDMARK is looking just a little bit brighter this summer thanks to the selfless generosity of students from Moray College UHI.

Around 20 level six students from the Engineering Department, led by Engineering lecturer Graham Kilpatrick, stepped into the breach when they learned that the Covesea Skerries Lighthouse was in dire need of cleaning and painting.

The lighthouse, which was built in 1846, ceased being used five years ago and was put up for sale by then Northern Lighthouse Board. Following a local referendum it was subsequently purchased by the local community through grant funding.

When the Covesea Lighthouse Community Company sought help in cleaning and painting the lighthouse the call was immediately answered by the students who undertook the project as part of their SQA Volunteer Module.

The students set about the work over several weeks on their days off, working in teams to wash and prepared the lower walls before painting the accessible areas.

A spokesman for Moray College UHI said: “This is a brilliant example of how our students can gain useful qualifications whilst helping the local community.”