Graffiti sprayed on Burnham-On-Sea’s iconic lighthouse has been removed by Sedgemoor District Council amid outrage since red lettering was spray-painted along one of its legs.
As first reported here by Burnham-On-Sea.com, several residents were left ‘disgusted’ when the graffiti appeared on the Grade II listed building on Bank Holiday Monday.
The letters ‘FRB’ were spray painted in six-inch tall red lettering along part of one of the nine wooden legs, as pictured below.
On Wednesday, Sedgemoor District Council’s ‘clean surroundings’ staff were seen removing the graffiti, restoring it back to its full glory again.
Council spokeswoman Claire Faun thanked Burnham-On-Sea.com for reporting the graffiti on Monday, enabling a quick turnaround for its removal.
One reader, Jane Rogers, told Burnham-On-Sea.com earlier this week: “I couldn’t believe it when we saw this – it’s disgraceful that such a lovely historical building like this has been targeted in this way. Terrible.”
Another reader, who asked not to be named, said: “Is nothing safe these days? This is such a high profile building for Burnham and it’s upsetting that someone would do this.”
The historic building was originally built in 1832 and attracts thousands of walkers and photographers every year.
In 2014, the international media website ‘Huffington Post’ put Burnham-On-Sea lighthouse on a list of the world’s top 10 most beautiful lighthouses, recognising its iconic status.
Burnham-On-Sea lighthouse was given a £20,000 revamp in 2016 when Sedgemoor District Council awarded a contract to a commercial firm to repair and paint the exterior of the building using weather-proof paint.