In May, I was delighted to have been invited to join the Manager and Crew of Porthcawl National Coastwatch Institution for the official opening of the NCI Lookout Station Porthcawl. The Lookout Station operates out of the grade II listed old Victorian Pilot Lookout Tower which was built in 1870. The Lookout Tower has undergone significant restoration both to the inside and to the exterior of the building. It is fantastic to see the Lookout Station restored to its former glory and being used to play an important role in coastal safety . This has been possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery, Bridgend County Borough Council, Cadw and NCI through the Porthcawl Townscape Heritage Initiative. NCI volunteers keep watch primarily at weekends but hope to extend their surveillance as more volunteers are trained as watchkeepers.
It was great to see inside the Tower and to talk to the Station Manager and some of the volunteers who will be undertaking surveillance. I know that the watchkeepers will certainly be a welcome presence for people who visit and use our coastline for business and pleasure.