On This Day in Trinity House History – 8 August


Royal Visit for Bishop Rock lighthouse keepers’ families

The families of the keepers at the Bishop Rock Lighthouse were presented to the Royal Family when the latter made a visit to the Isles of Scilly. The event was written up in an edition of Trinity House’s Flash magazine:

“August 8th, 1967, will long be remembered by the Keepers of Bishop Rock Lighthouse and by their wives. It was on this day that the Royal Yacht BRITANNIA, escorted by the destroyer CARYSFORT visited St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly.

Although the day began blustery with occasional showers, by 10 a.m. the rain had cleared and the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Princess Anne stepped ashore in bright sunshine.

Among the first people to be presented to the Royal Family were the two Assistant Keepers on shore, Clive Beckett and Russell Pape and their wives; also presented were Mrs. Fearn and Mrs. Carne, the wives of the Principal Keeper and Assistant Keeper on the rock. They were presented by Lt. Cdr. T.M. Dorrien Smith, the Chairman of the Pilotage Committee for the Islands.

The Islands are part of the Estate of the Duchy of Cornwall, and when the Royal Party visited the Duchy offices, the families had a good view of events as the Trinity Dwellings are only a few yards away.

BRITANNIA left at 9 p.m. lit up from stem to stern, leaving at least four families on the Islands tired out after a busy and exciting day.

The only consolation Principal Keeper Graham Fearn and Assistant Keeper David Carne had, was that they were able to see their wives being presented and the children at school when the Royal Party visited there, on their new Television Set provided by Trinity House; by a lucky chance this could not have been delivered at a better time.”

Aerial view of Bishop Rock Lighthouse

Aerial view of Bishop Rock Lighthouse

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