This film (in two parts) was filmed in 1992 on board the Needles Lighthouse, Isle of Wight, England. Peter Hall was sent with about with days notice, when the keeper was too ill to go. Hall had been hoping to record Christmas on a lighthouse for posterity, and this is his recording of that trip.
He wrote: “If you don’t like Christmas, New Year celebrations or lighthouse keepers’ humor or life in a lighthouse, then perhaps this isn’t for you! In any case, Merry Christmas to you, and a Happy New Year.”
Jeremy D’Entremont is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on lighthouses and maritime history. He is the president and historian for the American Lighthouse Foundation and founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses, and he has lectured and narrated cruises throughout the Northeast and in other regions. He is also the producer and host of the U.S. Lighthouse Society podcast, “Light Hearted.” He can be emailed at Jeremy@uslhs.org