Sunny Bognor is official again

The sun sets over Bognor Regis on the first day of the new sunshine recorder SUS-141111-134002001
The sun sets over Bognor Regis on the first day of the new sunshine recorder SUS-141111-134002001

SUNSHINE has officially returned to Bognor Regis.

The town has a new sunshine recorder to monitor the hours of golden rays in which Britain’s sunniest mainland town basks.

The Campbell-Stokes Sun Recorder is a vital part of the weather reporting equipment the town council uses to pass on the daily facts to the Met Office.

But the original recorder disappeared from the roof of a block of flats in the Queensway. That happened last March to leave an entire summer of missed data.

Kirsten Fitzpatrick, of the town council, said: “The Met Office replaced the recording equipment.

“But a new location needed to be sought where the device could be housed securely and have an uninterrupted arc of the sun from east to west.”

The search for a new home was proving difficult until Butlin’s offered to host the sun recorder.

The recorder was installed and began work on the suitably gloriously sunny day of last Tuesday.

Met Office figures over 29 years to 2011 showed Bognor had 1,902 hours of sunshine - the most in the UK. The town’s sun records go back to 1880.