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THE SAVING OF BELLE TOUT

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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