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Wrekin beacon will be beaming out again soon

Telford | News | Published:

A much-loved Shropshire landmark which had gone "missing" should soon be shining out over the county again.

The Wrekin beacon, a red light on top of one of the county's most prominent features, has been welcoming Shropshire people home since it was resurrected as part of a project to celebrate the Millennium.

It had not been shining regularly since being damaged in the ferocious winds that battered the county earlier this month, but there is good news for those who have missed it.

Kathryn Finch, spokeswoman for communications company Arqiva, said repairs were well under way.

She said: "An engineer went yesterday and repaired half the lights, and is going back today. Hopefully it will be back on soon."

She said the repair might be completed today, but other factors such as the weather or technical issues might delay it.

The light shone out on top of the hill for years to warn aircraft, but was switched off in the 1960s when better radar meant it was no longer needed.

Julie Parsons took to Twitter to ask: "Any idea why the red light at the top of the Wrekin has not been lit for weeks. I really miss it."

The light – which looks like one large red light but is actually a cluster of lots of smaller bulbs – is attached to the television mast on top of the Wrekin and is maintained by Arqiva.

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