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Crumbling cliffs had threatened to topple the 165 year old East Sussex landmark, Belle Tout lighthouse, into the sea. Nearly two years ago specialist contractor Abbey Pynford, with sub-contractor Britin Construction, succeeded in moving the 850t structure 17m inland (NCE 18 March 1999).

Abbey Pynford marketing manager Stephen Hudson enthralled a Wales association meeting with the story of how Belle Tout was saved.

The nail-biting £250,000 slide excited intense media interest, particularly from the BBC Tomorrow's World team, and brought the lighthouse a 50 year stay of sentence.

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