Two people had to be rescued from their car at Holy Island at the weekend after it became stranded on Lindisfarne Causeway.Read the full story ›
Holy Island – home to a wealth of history dating back to 635 AD – has now truly arrived in the 21st Century.
Superfast fibre broadband has arrived at Lindisfarne, off the Northumberland coast.
As well as battling the North Sea, which covers the causeway access at high tide, a team of eleven BT engineers had to lay around 14km (8.6 miles) of optical fibres from Berwick to the island.
“Living on an island like Lindisfarne can present its challenges – not least of which is the need for suitable communications links. Tourism businesses have to be able to compete on a level playing field and residents too wish to receive the same level of service as their neighbours on the mainland. “I am delighted that through the iNorthumberland programme we have been able to provide superfast broadband to this community.”
The iNorthumberland programme is being delivered by Northumberland County Council, with the aim of fibre broadband to around 90% of homes and businesses in the county by December 2015.
"The benefits of faster broadband speeds are considerable for businesses with many of those situated on Holy Island serving the more than 650,000 visitors, who flock to the island every year. Businesses can now access booking systems, update websites and utilise social networking sites faster and more effectively, saving both time and money.
Government funding of £1.2m has been secured to preserve Lindisfartne Castle for future generations.
The castle, on Holy Island, is deteriorating due to its exposure to salt, wind and sea.
The exposed location of the castle on the Northumberland coastline puts the fabric of the building under constant pressure from the elements.
As a result the building suffers from penetrating damp which in some areas puts the Castles contents at risk. There are also many leaking historic windows.
Lindisfarne Castle is a popular tourist destination, with nearly 100,000 visitors each year. Built in around 1550, it now has Grade 1 Listed status.
The National Trust is delighted to secure funding towards the future of Lindisfarne Castle. Northumberland welcomes nearly 9 million visitors each year, who contribute over £700 million to the local economy, so this investment in one of the region’s most iconic attractions is greatly welcomed. The Castle suffers because of its exposed coastal location. This project to enhance the Castle will ensure the long term stability and future of this iconic landmark that is loved by so many people. The funding is great news for Northumberland, for tourism, for heritage and for Holy Island and we are grateful of the support offered.”
Work will begin this summer to trial conservation techniques for the castle, with a view to project work beginning in 2017.
Residents on Holy Island off the Northumberland coast say they're afraid of what might happen if a serious fire breaks out while the island is cut off by the tide.
They want Northumberland Fire and Rescue to provide hose reels and fire extinguishers which volunteers on the island could use to contain fires until professional firefighters are airlifted in. They're also calling for training to use the equipment.
Derek Proud reports:
Uncovering buried treasure is something many of us dream of.
It happened some years back to a father and son in Northumberland.
But for many years they didn't even realise what they'd found.
A man from Northumberland has discovered a hoard of ancient coins on Holy Island.
Richard Mason found them in a pot which had been underground for 500 years.
The gold and silver coins are now being looked after at the British Museum in London.
The RLNI say it is "unbelievable" that people are still getting stuck during high tide on Holy Island Causeway despite new electronic signs telling them when it is safe to cross.
Crews were called out to reports that three people were trapped in a partially submerged car on the crossing on Wednesday, 21 August.
However, it turned out that the car had already been abandoned and the owners were safely back at their hotel.
The electronic signs had been fitted to help stop people becoming trapped by rising water on the causeway.
"While it is unbelievable that people are still getting stranded on the Causeway despite new Hi-tech signage, it is regrettable that these people today did not notify the authorities about having to abandon their vehicle, which would have avoided today's rescue alert."
Emergency services have expressed their anger and frustration after being called to rescue people in a partially submerged car on the Holy Island crossing only to find it had been abandoned some time earlier.
The Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat and a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer were scrambled on Wednesday, 21 August, after reports that people were trapped in the vehicle as the tide flooded the causeway.
When rescuers got to the car they found it was empty.
The owners were eventually traced to a hotel on the island.
Drivers are being reminded about the dangers of crossing the Holy Island Causeway as another car is left stranded by high tides.
A lifeboat and RAF helicopter were scrambled after reports of a partially submerged car.
When rescue teams got there they discovered the car had been abandoned.