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Tuesday 18 June 2019

Daisy day at the Hook

The age old tradition of daisy day will be revived at Hook lighthouse. Photograph: Jimmy Fallon.
The age old tradition of daisy day will be revived at Hook lighthouse. Photograph: Jimmy Fallon.

Brendan Keane

Hook lighthouse will play host to a revival of 'daisy day' this coming St Stephen's Day when it continues a traditional custom that can be traced back to at least 1943.

In the early to middle part of the last century children in the area would search for the first flower of the year and receive pennies for it in return.

The 'Penny for a Daisy' initiative saw large numbers of children participating and commenting on the custom a spokesperson for the lighthouse said: 'The child who found the first daisy would win the hunt but lots of children would receive pennies from the families in the area.'

'This St Stephen's Day will see the hunt take place again with children receiving a chocolate penny for their efforts,' she said.

The origins of Hook lighthouse can be traced back to 5th Century monks who lit fires to keep ships safe while at sea.

The lighthouse tour incorporates 115 steps to the top of the tower and features holograms illustrating the ancient history of the building and the Hook area.

The facility's visitor centre and café will reopen after the Christmas break on St Stephen's Day at 11 a.m. and will remain open throughout the rest of the holiday season.

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