Seaton’s searchlight building set for grand unveiling

PUBLISHED: 17:51 13 July 2015 | UPDATED: 17:51 13 July 2015


The launch of the renovated building will be held on Thursday, July 30, starting at 2pm.

A lengthy project to restore a historic wartime building in Seaton has been achieved - and it is set to be unveiled by the town council at a service this month.

The launch of the renovated searchlight building in Seaton will be held on Thursday, July 30, starting at 2pm.

The project has been ongoing over the past few years and was originally started by resident Irving Roberts, then a member of Seaton Development Trust.

The information gathered was given to local artist Bob Bradshaw, who created a stunning artwork of the historical features of the Seaton Coastal Defence System.

Further care and support has also been provided by Seaton Rotary, Seaton Development Trust, Seaton Museum and local residents Mr Northcott and Eileen Wright.

The renovation includes the installation of a brand new searchlight interpretation board.

Seaton Town Council has worked with East Devon District Council and successfully completed a project important to Seaton and the appreciation of its rich history.

The town council has also passed on its thanks to Signs Southwest for creating the sign.

Individuals and their family members who served during World War Two in the Home Guard, the Home Guard Auxiliary, the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the Royal Observer Corp, a uniformed civilian or in another role for the Seaton Coastal Defences, are asked to get in touch with Seaton town clerk, Christopher Drake, to be invited to the unveiling service.

The searchlight interpretation board included in the renovation has been erected in recognition of all of those who served in Britain’s defence in World War Two.

It illustrates the wartime defences, built from 1940, situated in the vicinity of Seaton’s beach searchlight emplacement, which was used to illuminate the sea and beaches to detect enemy ships and surfaced submarines at all times.

The emplacement formed part of a network of defences against invasion in 1940.

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