Lighthouse will be left in the dark for Earth Hour

THE lights will be turned off at a popular visitor attraction to help raise awareness of an international event.

North Tyneside Council will be switching off the lights at St Mary’s Lighthouse for one hour on Saturday, March 23, to show support for Earth Hour.

Earth Hour – launched by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 – encourages communities, households and businesses to pledge to reduce their carbon footprint by turning off non-essential lights for one hour.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “Earth Hour is a fantastic way to raise awareness of climate change, and I am delighted to be supporting this global campaign.

“As a council, we are working extremely hard to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint.

“We are committed to protecting and enhancing the environment; for North Tyneside Council, every hour is ‘Earth Hour’ as we continue to develop projects to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption.”