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Old June 16th, 2016, 09:45 AM   #61
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Historic hotel on Holy Island sold

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Northumberland hotel is put on the market
08 December 2015


The Manor House Hotel on Holy Island

A rare opportunity to acquire a hotel on Holy Island is available with specialist property adviser Christie + Co.

Manor House Hotel is situated at the heart of the island, next to Lindisfarne Priory, and boasts magnificent views of the harbour and Lindisfarne Castle.

The property, once the summer home of the lord of several local manors, comprises 10 elegant en-suite rooms, a popular restaurant serving classic British cuisine, bar and a beer garden.

Thousands of visitors make a pilgrimage to the island every year.

Mark Worley, director at Christie + Co’s Newcastle office, said: “Manor House represents an extremely rare opportunity to purchase a prime-located hotel in a highly desirable tourist destination. With profits approaching the £100,000 mark, the hotel is an excellent performing business which requires little expenditure.”

Christie + Co is seeking offers in excess of £795,000 for the freehold interest in Manor House Hotel.

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Historic hotel on Holy Island sold
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The Manor House Hotel on Holy Island has been sold by specialist business property advisor Christie & Co.

The impressive and popular 10-bedroom hotel was once the summer home of the lord of several local manors and has been owned and operated for many years by John and Carol Barlow, who were looking to retire and instructed Christie & Co to handle the sale.

The buyer is Terry Maughan, a regional hotel and leisure operator with three other businesses in Northumberland. He intends to change very little other than to extend opening hours and the food offer, as he feels the hotel requires little in the way of investment.

Mark Worley, director at Christie & Co’s Newcastle office, said: “This sale continues to demonstrate the demand for small to medium, privately-owned hotel assets.”

The hotel was sold off an asking price of £795,000.

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Holy Island Festival hailed a major success after attracting more than 4,000 visitors

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Holy Island Festival hailed a major success after attracting more than 4,000 visitors
27 Jun 2016 By Sonia Sharma


Holy Island Festival 2016 - Acrobats Moses Opiyo, Francis Odongo and Ross Taylor show off their skills to Let's Circus visitors during the festival

More than 4,000 visitors flocked to the Holy Island Festival over the weekend for an extravaganza of music, dance, circus and crafts.

The music programme had a distinctly North East theme with folk, jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass and country played by local musicians. The two headline acts - the Lindisfarne Story Band and The Unthanks - played to packed houses in the island’s new £1m village hall and St Mary’s Church respectively.

The Lindisfarne Story Band featured original Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw as well as Billy Mitchell who joined the band later. They played the whole of Lindisfarne’s No 1 album Fog on the Tyne as well as other big hits, rounding off with a resounding Run for Home. Their show christened the new Crossman Hall, which has replaced the old village hall the band used to rehearse in back in the early 1970s. They never played professionally on the island until now, although they did an informal gig to celebrate the ninth birthday of islander Debbie Luke in 1972.

The Unthanks - who earlier on Sunday gave a singing workshop to island visitors and residents - enthralled the audience with their distinctive vocals, performing traditional songs and numbers written by the band and rounding off with a spirited clog dance.

In the audience were former Lindisfarne member Ray Jackson, actor Don Gilet who starred in the Newcastle-set TV detective series 55 Degrees North and his partner, Tyneside actress and writer Tracy Whitwell. Don said: “What a show! Tracy and I are big fans of The Unthanks and when we heard they were playing on Holy Island - where we filmed an episode of 55 Degrees North - we had to come.”

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Archaeologists make 'stunning find' in Lindisfarne Gospels monastery search

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Archaeologists make 'stunning find' in Lindisfarne Gospels monastery search
9 Jul 2016 By Katie Dickinson


A grave marker found during a dig taking place on Lindisfarne

Archaeologists digging on Lindisfarne have found a new clue in their attempts to unravel a 1,000-year-old mystery from early English Christianity.

A crowd-funded project off the Northumberland coast has been trying to find evidence of the earliest monastery on the island, where the famous Lindisfarne Gospels were created.

Now the team has unearthed a very rare Anglo-Saxon grave marker.The small, round-headed sandstone marker, commonly known as a name stone, has been dated to the mid-7th to 8th century AD, the same time as the original monastery was built.The face of the stone is carved and some letters are clearly visible.

Experts are still deciphering the text on the stone, but it appears the name of the monk commemorated on the stone ended with the letters “frith”, which is a common element of Anglo-Saxon names.

Co-director and project academic lead Dr David Petts, of Durham University, said: “This is a stunning find, of exactly the period we’re looking for. This stone could have been carved during the time when the Lindisfarne Gospels were being written. This is really, distinctively, diagnostically, proper Cuthbertian period Anglo-Saxon. There’s only been a few found here and at a handful of other locations. It’s unimpeachable evidence for Anglo-Saxon activity and confirms we’re hot on the trail of the very earliest monastery here in Lindisfarne.”

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Archaeologists hunt for St Cuthbert’s watchtower on Holy Island

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Archaeologists hunt for St Cuthbert’s watchtower on Holy Island
Ben O'Connell 12 July 2016


A possible church building in trench two.

Initial excavations on Holy Island have uncovered evidence of what may have been St Cuthbert's watchtower, as investigations have resulted in several fascinating new discoveries.

The first season of archaeological investigation and excavation by the Peregrini Lindisfarne Community Archaeology project came to a successful conclusion this week. The season started with training excavations at two limeworkers cottages sites at Cocklawburn and the Kennedy Limekiln site on Holy Island. The project, under the expert guidance of Richard Carlton and staff from The Archaeological Practice, Newcastle, then turned their attention to Holy Island Heugh.

The majestic Heugh on Holy Island has always piqued archaeologists' interest given its close proximity to the ancient priory site and the obvious defensive and strategic advantages of the prominent whinstone ridge. In 1962, the renowned archaeologist Brian Hope-Taylor conducted some preliminary investigation at the site and concluded that the Heugh is scattered with buildings of an early date that were possibly associated with the seventh to ninth century monastery.

The task for Peregrini Lindisfarne Community Archaeology project this year was to ‘ground truth’ Hope-Taylor’s conclusion in anticipation of carrying out more detailed excavation next year. The trench opened nearest the war memorial revealed the foundation of a massive 2.5m wide wall. The size and structure of the wall is suggestive of a tower and the lack of any mortar suggests at least a pre-Norman Conquest date.

A second trench was opened further east and again revealed the foundations of another unmortar stone structure which again is indicative of a building of early medieval origin. Hope-Taylor is known to have excavated another part of this structure and concluded that the building was a church.

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Warning for Holy Island causeway drivers after five people were left stranded

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Warning for Holy Island causeway drivers after five people were left stranded
18 Jul 2016 By Michael Muncaster


Two vehicles try to beat the incoming tide on the Holy Island Causeway

Coastguards have yet again warned motorists not to try to cross a flooded causeway in Northumberland .

It comes after five people were reported to have been left stranded on the road that leads to Holy Island at around 2.30pm on Sunday. The coastguard operations centre in Aberdeen received a call that a car and a motorcycle had been cut off by the tide on the bridge.

The Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team was deployed and found the two people riding the bike had made their way to the refuge box. The duo were taken back to dry land by the rescue team. Three people travelling in the car managed to drive safely off the bridge before the tide flooded the causeway.

A Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said: “Nobody involved in the rescue required medical attention. It is important people check the tide times to ensure a safe crossing and do not risk it. Do not cross if you have any worries the tide is coming in too fast. You should only cross if you know it is safe.”

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Lindisfarne Castle to close for major conservation work

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Lindisfarne Castle to close for major conservation work
6th September 2016



The iconic Lindisfarne Castle is to close for 18 months for a £3 million conservation project.

The National Trust has announced the castle will close from November 1 until April 2018.

The location of the Grade 1 listed building overlooking the North Sea means that it has been subject to the ravages of the elements throughout its 460 year history and the large-scale project is essential to ensure that the much-loved building can be conserved for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The extensive works will focus on addressing penetrating damp issues and restoring the stonework, pointing and windows. Restoration work will be carried out by a team of conservation specialists.

Nick Lewis, house steward of Lindisfarne Castle, said: “The spectacular location of Lindisfarne Castle is part of what makes this place special but it also means that it has been ravaged by wind, rain and tides for hundreds of years. Investing in this conservation work will mean that we can secure the future of this important building and ensure its survival for the enjoyment of future generations. Whilst it is a very difficult decision to have to close the castle, it is essential in order to complete these works safely and as quickly as possible within the tight spaces of this historic site.”

Whilst the castle will remain closed during the 2017 visitor season, visitors can still enjoy the idyllic setting of Holy Island. Within the castle grounds the Jekyll walled garden, brought to life in 1911 by noted garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, as well as the imposing 19th century lime kilns – a reminder of Lindisfarne’s industrial heritage - and visitor shop will all remain open. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the outdoor space around the castle including footpaths across the headland.

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Going, going, almost gone - two rescued at Holy Island as car becomes submerged by water

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20 Sep 2016 By Sonia Sharma


A car submerged in the water on Holy Island Causeway

Two people were rescued from the roof of a car after it became submerged in water at the Holy Island causeway .

It is believed the vehicle was travelling towards the mainland when it got into trouble at the Northumberland beauty spot. A man and a woman were inside and climbed onto the roof as the water rose around them. The incident took place at around 3.35pm on Sunday and emergency services were called to the scene.

A crew from Seahouses RNLI rescued the pair from the vehicle’s roof and took them to shore in a lifeboat. They were then passed into the care of the Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team. A spokesman from Seahouses RNLI said: “We were alerted to the incident by the coastguard and we got there as fast as we could. We saw this car which was in water with two people on the roof. The car was literally floating by then. We transferred the man and woman into our boat and took them to the mainland.”

This was the latest in a number of rescues carried out at Holy Island this year. Crews were called out to incidents in April, May and July involving people being cut off by the tide or becoming stranded. Now drivers are being warned yet again to check safe crossing times before travelling along the causeway.

Martin Lowe, senior coastal operations officer for HM Coastguard, said: “We would encourage everyone to check safe crossing times, always check the signage either side of the causeway to make sure it is safe to cross. If there’s water on the road, don’t attempt to drive over. And if you see anyone in trouble, ring 999 and ask for the coastguard.”

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Watch out! Amazing drone footage shows car racing rising tides at Holy Island - but does he make it?

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Watch out! Amazing drone footage shows car racing rising tides at Holy Island - but does he make it?
30 Oct 2016 By Cheyenne Roundtree

Drone footage has captured the moment a car gets caught in the rising waters at Holy Island .

An Uber raced through the high tide to safe ground when travelling back from Lindisfarne on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Bradshaw, 41, from Seaton Burn, Tyne and Wear, caught the incident on his drone. He said: “I went out to Holy Island with a friend to take footage of the castle. We saw the vehicle coming over from the island side. It was very brave of him and I decided to film him. I was in the military for 24 years and I’ve seen lots of things but nothing as ridiculous as that. One of the passengers got out and walked up and down, pondering what their next move was. I guess they just had to wait for nature to take its course before they could leave.”

In the video a white Uber makes its way through rising waters until it reaches a safe spot on the causeway. The road is almost unseen underneath the car as it drives to the emergency spot in the middle of the road. Once reaching the high ground, the driver gives a brief wave to Mark’s Phantom 3 Advanced drone when he opens the car door.

Eventually, rescue members pull up in a boat to assist the stranded people.

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Is this the most dangerous Holy Island crossing we've seen? Judge for yourself

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Is this the most dangerous Holy Island crossing we've seen? Judge for yourself
By Hannah Graham 13 March 2017



Is this the most dangerous Holy Island crossing we’ve seen so far?

Aerial video shows the moment a driver ploughs across the causeway, despite the fact that around half a mile of the road is already covered in water. But according to Gary Redfern, who captured the video, this driver was travelling an hour after the last advertised safe crossing time.

Local coastguard officials often warn drivers against ‘risking it’, on the treacherous causeway, as the tide can come in suddenly and cut people off.
Ryan Douglas, Holy Island station officer, said: “This did shock us — there has been so much safety advice put out over the last few years and yet people still do this. This was an extremely dangerous thing to do. It’s not like the water comes out of nowhere — that vehicle was lucky the engine didn’t cut out.”

He explained that if the car’s engine had failed, his team, lifeboats from Berwick or Seahouses or even a coastguard helicopter could have been forced to mount a rescue, leaving those teams unavailable for any other emergencies while they were helping the driver and any passengers.

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Another driver risks it at Holy Island causeway - but swift tides mean the gamble doesn't pay off

Another incident

This from Chronicle Live website on 25/03/17

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This comes just two weeks after we reported on another foolhardy motorist who made it across the causeway through rising tides



Rescue teams were called to Holy Island to rescue yet another driver caught out by fast-moving tides.

Two people had to be carried to safety by Holy Island Coastguard when the waves began to wash their vehicle away as they tried to make it across the tidal causeway that leads to the island.

A boat and helicopter was used to get the couple safely to dry land during the incident shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team, Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 912 were all tasked with undertaking the rescue, though it was managed by the Holy Island crew and the other teams were stood down.

While on this occasion rescue teams didn’t manage to snap a picture of the soggy pair’s vehicle, this is far from the first time a driver has found themselves stuck on the causeway - despite the signs at either end advertising safe crossing times.


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Two people rescued after getting stranded on flooded Holy Island causeway

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Two people rescued after getting stranded on flooded Holy Island causeway
By Michael Muncaster 23 April 2017


Car attempts to drive on flooded Holy Island causeway (Photo: handout)

Two people had to be rescued after almost getting stranded on a flooded causeway in Northumberland.

Coastguards were called to the Holy Island causeway that leads to the island of Lindisfarne on Sunday afternoon. A car had been spotted trying to cross the causeway while the tide was flooding the road. The vehicle drove around half a mile into the water before realising it was not safe to cross.

A rescue team rushed to driver and passenger’s aid and brought them safely back to Holy Island.

A Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team spokesman said: “The team have been out on local area training this afternoon. While on the North side of the Island we noticed that a vehicle was trying to cross the causeway while the tide was flooding. Our coastguard officers offered safety advice and ensured that the vehicle with two person on-board made it back to Holy Island safely.”

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Holy Island causeway rescue launched after car gets trapped in mud

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Holy Island causeway rescue launched after car gets trapped in mud
By Michael Muncaster 29 May 2017



A driver had to be rescued after getting stuck in the mud on the Holy Island causeway in Northumberland .

Coastguards were called to the causeway that leads to the island of Lindisfarne on Sunday morning. The driver’s vehicle had got lodged in the mud but members of the public managed to push it free.

A spokesman for the Humber Coastguard said it was during low tide when the incident happened. The Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team tweeted on Sunday: “The team were tasked this morning to an incident on Holy Island causeway. The casualties were assisted by our coastguard officers and Northumbria Police .”

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War-memorial repairs are planned to ‘secure its future’

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War-memorial repairs are planned to ‘secure its future’
Ian Smith 16 June 2017


Lindisfarne war memorial

Plans to restore Holy Island’s war memorial have been submitted. The work is being planned as part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The war memorial, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was unveiled in 1922. The monument, which is Grade II-listed, was severely damaged in a storm in 1983/4.

Doonan Architects, in a report accompanying an application for listed building consent, say the stonework to the memorial is in reasonable condition. However, the defects which include cracked, brittle and missing mortar within the existing stone joints across the entire memorial still remain and require attention. The upper portion of the cross is also misaligned. It is presumed this is a replacement or is the original section re-attached following the storm damage. It is proposed to rake out the existing cracked and loose mortar and replace with a lime-based porous mortar. The renewal of missing mortar will help to reduce the amount of moisture tracking into the stonework, which will reduce the rate of decay of the stone, and potentially the corrosion of any internal metal fixings.

Doonan Architects, in its report, state: ‘The programme of repointing and structural works to the war memorial will significantly reduce the risk of collapse and improve its weathering performance. ‘Improvement of the means of fixing wreaths will reduce the risk of damage. ‘As such, it is considered such works are justified as they secure the future of the war memorial.’ Historic England has no objections, while the proposal has been agreed with the Holy Island Lindisfarne Community Development Trust, which is supportive of the works.

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Conservation work under way at Holy Island church

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Conservation work under way at Holy Island church
Ben O’Connell 23 June 2017


Jacob Ward, of the contractors, Simon Lillywhite, of Purcell, and Rev Dr Paul Collins at the east end of the chancel wall.

Conservation works to the church on Holy Island are well under way. The chancel of the island’s St Mary’s Church is currently hidden behind scaffolding as conservation work is undertaken to remove the exterior cement-based mortar and replace it with traditional lime-based mortar and also replace severely eroded masonry.

This is the first stage of a project over the next several years to replace and renew the pointing of the church as a whole. The cement-based mortar does not breathe which means that the stones of the walls can become compromised and eventually fail.

The contractors I Ward and Sons are undertaking the works for the church’s architects Purcell.

The church is not the only building on the island to be covered in scaffolding at the moment as major works continue at Lindisfarne Castle. As we reported last week, the £3million restoration is on track and progressing well. The grade I-listed building is closed until April 2018.

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First new church found on Holy Island, Northumberland, in over a thousand years

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First new church found on Holy Island, Northumberland, in over a thousand years
Tony Henderson 27 June 2017


The newly-excavated church on Holy Island (Photo: Handout)

For the first time in more than a thousand years, a service will be held today within the boundaries of a newly-discovered church on Holy Island in Northumberland.

The find in the dig by volunteers has been described by historic buildings expert Peter Ryder as “probably the most significant archaeology find ever on Holy Island.” The excavations, led by Richard Carlton of The Archaeological Practice and Newcastle University, began around a fortnight ago and will finish at the end of this week. He said: “It is a very exciting and hugely significant find.”

The community archaeology project is part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership project, which is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It embraces the coastal plain including Holy Island and one of its aims it to celebrate the area’s long heritage and increase community participation in it.

The dig has uncovered huge sandstone blocks used in the building of the church on The Heugh, a ridge on Holy Island which offers extensive views of the Farne Islands and Bamburgh, which was a royal capital of the kingdom of Northumbria. The church is pre-Norman Conquest and could date from the 630AD to 1050, although an early date is thought the most likely.

On Tuesday, a group from the Parish Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, reputed to stand on the site of the original monastery founded by Aidan in 635AD, will conduct a service within the excavated remains which is due to start at 11am.

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Sound of prayer returns to Holy Island church discovered after more than 1,000 years

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Sound of prayer returns to Holy Island church discovered after more than 1,000 years
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The remains of a church believed to be over a thousand years old in the grounds of St Mary the virgin on Holy Island, Northumberland (Photo: Newcastle Chronicle)

The sound of prayer returned to an island church after more than 1,000 years of silence.

A community archaeology project on Holy Island, off Northumberland, has uncovered the complete outline and foundations of a church which could date back as far as the 7th century. It would have been part of the monastery and a is a key, rediscovered link in the long Christian history of Holy Island.

On Tuesday, the Rev Paul Collins, Vicar of Holy Island and St Mary’s parish church, led a service within the boundaries of the newly-excavated church which has been lost for so many centuries. Gathered in the nave were 30 youngsters from Holy Island and Lowick schools. Visitors and islanders also watched on as prayers were said for the Northern saints Oswald, Aidan and Cuthbert, all of whom are associated with the island.

“It was a wonderful experience to hold the service there and to remember the people who worshipped in the church all those years ago,” said the Rev Collins. We had readings and prayers and celebrated the place as a church. The children had spoken to the archaeologists before the service and so had an understanding of what was going on.”

A total of around 60 people witnessed the event in rainy and cold conditions – no doubt familiar to the worshippers of more than a thousand years ago.

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What is it like to live on Holy Island? How locals live without supermarkets, police and takeaways

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What is it like to live on Holy Island? How locals live without supermarkets, police and takeaways
By Michael Muncaster 16 July 2017


The Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland, during fine weather on Good Friday

There’s no doubt the Holy Island of Lindisfarne possesses its own special atmosphere.

The beauty spot is home to a ruined monastery, a castle and the Church of St Mary the Virgin. And it is only accessible by boat or over a causeway which disappears under the fast-moving tides. Thousands of people go there every year to go walking, bird-watching and take photographs, while also visiting the island’s harbour, pubs and shops.

But it is being able to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life which makes it such a great place to live, according to locals.

Jim Tierney, 61, quit his job in computer graphics in Birmingham four years ago to open the art shop Impressions Of Holy Island. “It’s not everyone’s cup of tea and is different to being in a city,” he said. We’ve no doctors, no dentists or police. We have no fire brigade so if a fire broke out when the tide was in then there’s nothing we can do. You can lose track of time because it is in its own little world, but all the people are great and there is a great community spirit.”

The Ship Inn manager Andy Cowan and his partner Sophie Bankcroft decided to swap life in Leicester for the island three years ago. Mr Cowan, 31, said: “In my first week I had my break and went for a walk down the harbour. A fortnight earlier I was in the gold fish bowl of the city centre stuck driving on the motorway. The nearest TGI Friday’s maybe 60 miles away but it is such a beautiful place, and you don’t have to worry about anything. It is really busy in the summer and quiet in the winter so is great for the businesses.” Mr Cowan is also a coastguard rescue officer and said the team are regularly called to rescue drivers who have got stuck in the tide on the causeway. I’m not surprised it still happens,” he said. It probably would even if there was a man standing there telling them not to cross.”

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Month-long dig on Holy Island reveals special place of island's long religious history

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Month-long dig on Holy Island reveals special place of island's long religious history
Tony Henderson 4 August 2017


An overall view of The Heugh, with the excavated church site to the right and the tower site to the left (Image: Handout)

The special place of a natural feature in an island’s long religious history has been revealed by archaeologists.

The month-long dig on Holy Island, part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Community Archaeology project, has concentrated on a ridge called The Heugh.

We reported how the dig uncovered the layout of what could be an early Anglo-Saxon church on the high ground. But the project also investigated a nearby stone platform, which could be the base of a tower used for signalling to the Farne Islands and Bamburgh, which was the royal power centre of Northumbria.

An area known as the Lantern Chapel to the west end of The Heugh was also examined and evidence as found confirming the church building, which was backed up by the discovery of a grave cut into the bedrock that contained the remains of seven individuals.

Northumberland County Council conservation manager, Sara Rushton, said: “The results of this year’s excavations on The Heugh have exceeded all our expectations and will cause us to radically re-think how this narrow, exposed rocky ridge was used in the medieval and early-medieval period.

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Six people rescued after getting stranded on flooded Holy Island causeway

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Six people rescued after getting stranded on flooded Holy Island causeway
By Michael Muncaster 19 August 2017


Six people rescued after getting stranded on Holy Island causeway (Image: handout)

Six people had to be rescued after their vehicle got stranded on the flooded Holy Island causeway.

Coastguards were called to scene at around 2.45pm on Saturday after the vehicle was spotted crossing the causeway while the tide was coming in. The Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team rushed to the group’s aid and brought them safely back to Holy Island.

A spokesman from the rescue team said: “The team tasked by Coastguard Operations Centre Humber this afternoon to deal with an incident on Holy Island causeway. A vehicle with six people onboard had driven into the water and subsequently became cut off by the tide. Our coastguard officers assisted all the casualties out of the water and back to safety on Holy Island.

Maritime operation officer Jordan Grebby, of the Holy Island Coastguard Rescue Team, said: “It is important people check the tide times to ensure a safe crossing and do not risk it. The tide comes in at such a rate and can take vehicles off the causeway. There is often an increase of rescues in the summer because of tourists visiting the island so we want them to stay safe.”

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