Amazing photo taken of rocky island watch tower

An amateur photographer is counting his lucky stars after taking a picture of an eerie former island boat house – with stunning night sky.

Paul Waddington, 61, waited until dusk to take the snap of a watch tower on Roe Island, which is just off the coast of Barrow in Furness, Cumbria.

Mr Waddington, of Barrow in Furness, said: “I am proud of where I come from and wanted to capture the beauty of the area.

“Roa is a very small island off the coast of Barrow and where the Lifeboat is stationed.

“It [the picture] has been edited, I’m not that good – but it was just nice to capture some of Barrow’s history.

“I’ve been taking pictures for around 10 years now – purely for enjoyment.”

Roa Island’s distinctive watch tower was under construction in October 1847 and was designed as a lookout post for Customs and Excise officials.

In 1879 the Customs authority was paying £30 a year rent for it.

Four officials were based on the island in 1886 but it was reduced in height after the Second World War.

At one time it was in use as a lifeboat station and as a meeting room for Wesleyan Methodists

 

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