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Royal visit marks lighthouse's 150th anniversary

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited the Somerset town of Watchet today.

The little harbour, between Minehead and Burnham on Sea, is one of only a few refuges for yachts along the often wild West Somerset coast.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque marking the 150th anniversary of the lighthouse. She came in her capacity as president of the Royal Yachting Association.

Our Somerset correspondent, David Woodland has been looking at the history of the harbour and the lighthouse - which was once accidentally demolished!

Princess Anne to mark lighthouse anniversary

Princess Anne visits Watchet today. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Princess Royal is in Watchet in West Somerset today.

Princess Anne is visiting in her capacity as president of the Royal Yachting Association. She will unveil a plaque to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town's lighthouse.

It's 22 feet tall and was built in 1860 to guard the entrance to the marina.


Chameleons and birds seized from animal smugglers

African chameleons seized from animal smugglers are being cared for at a zoo in West Somerset. Tropiquaria in Watchet is one of several zoos around the country looking after more than 50 horned chameleons. They were recovered with more than 150 wild birds by enforcement officers in Belgium.

This horned chameleon is being cared for at Tropiquaria in Watchet Credit: ITV Westcountry
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