Church service to mark Year of the Light

ARBROATH’s churches will come together on Sunday to play their part in the town’s Year of the Light celebrations.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the Bell Rock Lighthouse, the congregations will take part in a Light of the World service in the courtyard of the Signal Tower Museum at 4 p.m.

The service is being held in memory of those who lost their lives working on the Bell Rock, prior to and during the construction of the lighthouse which was completed by Robert Stevenson in 1811.

The Rev. John Cuthbert, of St Mary’s Episcopal Church, said it was only right that the churches joined together to remember the men responsible for building the Bell Rock.

He said: “We felt it was only fitting to celebrate the bicentenary of this iconic lighthouse, which has been saving lives for 200 years, with a ceremony for people of all faiths and churches

“During the service, there will be a wonderfully appropriate selection of music, hymns and readings, including, thanks to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Robert Stevenson’s prayer for the men who were working alongside him on the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

“Stevenson, who was a religious man, wrote a prayer on the front page of his Bible and repeated it every morning during the construction of the Bell Rock Lighthouse.

“Perhaps this prayer is one of the reasons so few men were lost while the lighthouse was being built, despite it being located in the middle of the North Sea, on a deadly reef covered by the tide twice a day.”

The service will also see the blessing of a commemorative plaque in honour of those involved in the construction of the Bell Rock, which was recently unveiled by the Princess Royal.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, the service will take place at St Mary’s Episcopal Church.