Beacon Bid For Castle’s Future

Lancaster Castle with the Priory Church. The old beacon can be seen to the left fo the photograph.
Lancaster Castle with the Priory Church. The old beacon can be seen to the left fo the photograph.

A CITY councillor is petitioning for the return of a city beacon as part of proposals for the future of the green space around Lancaster Castle.

A public consultation called Beyond the Castle took place in Market Square on Saturday, giving residents and tourists the opportunity to have a say on future uses for the castle and what they want to see in the surrounding area.

Beyond the Castle is a design team that is running events and projects to develop the green space around Lancaster Castle.

Coun Ian Pattison said: “I was happy to meet with David Redmore who is doing an excellent job with Beyond the Castle in planning this fresh project.

“It is vital for the future of Lancaster’s tourism that we get this space invigorated and highlight the historic heritage of the city.

“The beacon is significant to Lancaster’s historic past and this should be celebrated.”

It is thought that the beacon, described as “magical” by staff at Lancaster Castle, is currently in storage with Lancaster City Council.

Coun Pattison, who is asking the city council to work towards its reinstatement said: “Now the Castle has ceased being a prison the intention will inevitably be to convert it into a tourist attraction.

“The beacon will hopefully be back in place when this goes ahead and we can light it during events for charities, historic groups and the arts.”