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The beacon for the Thames will return to the river

A LITTLE piece of Thurrock’s history will be returning home this week and a celebration is planned for next.

The mast of the Gull lightship was removed in 2009 as the wreck deteriorated close to the sea wall to the west of Thurrock Yacht Club.

This week the mast was re-erected at the club and at 5pm on Thursday, 22 November, a ceremony will be held at the club in Thames Road, Grays. Representatives from Trinity House are expected to attend the ceremony.

The lightship was bought for £750 in 1947 by Thurrock Yacht Club, and towed to Grays to become its headquarters. It was last used as a clubhouse in 1971.

Cllr Joy Redsell who was the force behind saving the mast, said this week: “It is brilliant to have something in Thurrock restored and placed in a position on the river for all to see.”

The mast has been restored and the light will work at night. It is solar powered so will not need electricity and the restored mast should need minimal maintenance.

Work on the mast has been supported by several organisations including the Veolia Mardyke Trust, the Port of Tilbury, and npower as well as donations from local people.

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