See-and-support in final days of harbour attraction.

Time is running out to visit a unique lighthouse which has proved a popular attraction at Lerwick Harbour ’s Victoria Pier in recent weeks as part of a fundraising campaign by CLAN Cancer Support.

The 2.5 metre lighthouse, with its eye-catching design and sponsored by Lerwick Port Authority, has been at the town centre waterfront location since early August as one of 50 sculptures in a ‘Light the North’ interactive trail throughout Shetland, Orkney, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Captain Calum Grains, Port Authority Chief Executive, said: “With the trail closing on 17 October, we encourage islanders to visit the Shetland lighthouses, including Victoria Pier – one of three large lighthouses and eight ‘little’ lights in Lerwick, Sumburgh and Scalloway – and donate to CLAN which gives vital support to Shetlanders during their treatment,”

‘Light Stitch’, the detailed, eye-catching design selected by the Port Authority, was created by Leah Pendleton who was inspired by traditional Fair Isle patterns and Shetland flag colours to create a knitted-effect lighthouse.

The ‘Little Lights’ educational project, with 90 sculptures, is being backed by the Port Authority in partnership with Lerwick’s Bell’s Brae Primary School.

Currently at Mareel, the school’s lighthouse will be sent with the others to the Gordon Barracks, Aberdeen, where all the lighthouses will be brought together for a farewell viewing at an all-ticket weekend fundraiser on 29-31 October.

The finale will be an auction of all the large lighthouses at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on 1 November, with opportunities to bid for unique works-of-art from the trail and provide a final boost to the campaign.

The pupils’ little lighthouse will be returned to Bell’s Brae Primary.

A ‘Light the North’ trail app enables users to claim rewards for visiting each lighthouse. The Authority is encouraging adults to tag #lerwickharbour #lightstitch in their photos for a chance to win a giveaway. Children can claim a reward by completing an activity sheet available from the Port Authority and created by Bell’s Brae Primary School pupils.

Lerwick Port Authority sponsored lighthouse "Light Stitch" at Victoria Pier, designed by Leah Pendleton.
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