THE story of Walney and its lighthouse are being told in a talk and exhibition.

This project called The Small Island with a Big History is at Walney library and forms part of the National Heritage Open Days events.

The Island’s miles of unspoilt coast, abundant wildlife, and rich history have drawn people for centuries.

Derek Harker will give a talk on Walney lighthouse and the myths and legends it holds.

It will be at 10.30am on Wednesday, September 6.

The event is free but places need to be booked by contacting the library on 01229 471742Walney library’s exhibition on the island will be open on Thursday to Friday, September 7 to 8, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm; and on Saturday, September 9, between 10am to 1pm.

The grade II Listed Walney lighthouse at Haws Point was completed in stone in 1804.

It replaced a 1790 wooden version built to guide ships, not to Barrow but to Glasson and up the Lune to Lancaster.

The lamp was powered by acetylene gas until the switch of electricity in 1953.

It has been automatic since 2003 but for many years was in the care of lighthouse keeper Peggy Braithwaite.