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Fireworks launched at Dartmouth Regatta to celebrate 150th anniversary of the Daymark tower

By HEDanielClark  |  Posted: August 31, 2014

  • Fireworks to mark the 150th anniversary of the Day Mark Tower Credit - Greig Howle

  • Startrail of the Day Mark Tower in Kingswear Credit - Greig Howle

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THREE extra fireworks were fired on Thursday night at Dartmouth Regatta to mark the 150th anniversary of the Daymark Tower.

The Daymark, which is 24 metres tall, was built in 1864 as a guide to mariners to the position of the Dartmouth harbour entrance and is visible for many miles out to sea.

Three extra fireworks this year were fired from the Daymark at Kingswear to mark its anniversary at 8.55pm, before the main firework display at 9pm.

In 1863, Charles Seale Hayne, the owner of Brownstone at that time, became a founder member of the Dartmouth Harbour Commission, whose main aim was to improve access and facilities to Dartmouth harbour. The following year, Seale Hayne leased land for the erection of this tower as a day beacon, which is still standing today.

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