Calling all Bell Rocks!

WITH the start of the bicentenary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse on February 1, 2011, only weeks away, the members of the group overseeing the Year of the Light celebrations which are taking place in Arbroath are keen to hear how the Bell Rock’s namesakes are planning to celebrate this auspicious occasion.

“So far, we know of Bell Rock hotels, restaurants, cafés, insurance companies and software designers,” said Harry Simpson, chair of the Year of the Light steering committee, which is supported by the Local Community Planning Team. “There’s even The Bell Rock Pub in Brazil, which has a sketch of the lighthouse as its eye-catching logo.”

Harry explained that, as part of the committee’s plans to encourage people from all over the world to visit Arbroath during the Year of the Light, they are planning to contact representatives of as many places and businesses called Bell Rock as possible.

He went on: “We have planned an exciting programme of events to mark the 200th anniversary of ‘our’ lighthouse and we would love people connected to the other Bell Rocks across the globe to join in with the Year of the Light celebrations in some way.

“We’re kicking off the Year of the Light with a spectacular fireworks display on February 1 so perhaps representatives of the other Bell Rocks could hold a fireworks display of their own or even come to Arbroath and sail around to the Bell Rock?”

The Bell Rock Restaurant in Arbroath is situated directly in line with the Bell Rock and is the nearest neighbour of the Signal Tower Museum, which was once the shore station for the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

Azam Salimi, owner of the Bell Rock Restaurant, explained that they have great plans to celebrate the bicentenary of their local namesake.

He said: “During 2011 we will be featuring special Year of the Light themed dishes on our menu. I am confident that the Year of the Light will bring more visitors to Arbroath which, in turn, will mean more customers at our restaurant.”

For more information about the Year of the Light and the celebrations surrounding the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, visit