A triumph for Burnham on Sea
Burnham-on-Sea’s Lighthouse is to star in a new advertisement for motorcycle manufacturer Triumph. Triumph chose the low lighthouse and beach to showcase their new classic Triumph motorcycle.
Although the photographs were taken earlier in the summer, thye remained a closely guarded secret until the new model had its global debut this week.
Miles Perkins Head of Brand from Triumph explains “We were pleased to use the marvellous backdrop of Burnham-on-Sea and the low lighthouse, whose colours complement the new model. ”
The Lower Light at Burnham on Sea is owned operated and maintained by Sedgemoor District Council. In July 2013, it was voted as one of the ten most beautiful lighthouses in the world. (Huffington Post). The low wooden pile lighthouse or Lighthouse on legs is 36 feet (11 m) high; the light being at 23 feet (7.0 m) was built by Joseph Nelson in 1832. It stands on nine wooden piers, some with plate metal reinforcement. The structure is whitewashed with a vertical red stripe on the sea side.
The lights were inactive between 1969 and 1993 but they were re-established when the High Lighthouse lights were permanently discontinued.
Externally, the lighthouse is kept in tip-top condition by the Council who last decorated the exterior in 2016 by using specialist paint for use in a marine environment and exposed to salty air, spray and windy conditions.
For many residents and visitors, the lighthouse is an iconic photographic image, set against the dramatic sunsets for which Burnham-on-Sea is well-known.