The Lighthouse Hotel

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Tom and Leo have now moved on with their lives after the recent tragic events which unfolded in the last chapter of Solentville Tales.Having lost his wife and daughter Tom decided that it was high
time he and Leo engaged in a new project. This project involved either building or renovating a lighthouse and then renovating part of it and to annex a new building to the lighthouse. These new
plans would involve changes to their lives but they would meet new friends and acquaintances not to mention old friends from their past along the way who would affect their personal and
professional life. Although they had now located to Dorset they haven't ventured too far away from their Hampshire roots.The location for this new ambitious project would be based in Portland,the
lighthouse situated just outside the main town overlooking the grand harbour. Table of Chapters 1.The Lighthouse Hotel - 2.A new dawn for Tom and Leo 3.Leo meets Tinker for a tipple at "The Hope &
Anchor" 4.Mystery benefactor pays final hotel instalment 5.New and old acquaintances meet up on the eve of the grand opening 6.Tom laments Avril's sudden departure as opening day looms 7.Mystery
benefactor reveals his intentions for the hotel on opening day 8.Tom rages at Lovejoy as mystery surrounds the uninvited guests 9.Guests look on with horror as murder weekend begins with a shocking
discovery 10.Murder scene proves to be an elaborate hoax as Tom seeks new blood 11.Tom gets all fruity with Isobella but she decides to rebuff his advances 12.Storm rages in Portland as Tragedy
strikes The Devereaux family once again 13.Freak accident at Hospital causes chaos as fire breaks out leaving death and destruction in it's path.

Cast Tom - Maurice Colbourne Leo - Edward Highmore Avril - Susan Gilmore Eric - Chris Jury Lovejoy - Ian McShane Tinker - Dudley Sutton Lady Jane Harwood - Phyllis Logan Mr Laithwaite - David
Rhodes Isobella - Maria Gonzalez Susanna - Susan Kettlebrough Ken - Stephen Yardley Chef Reppold- Mark King Chef Lockwood - Paul Singleton Mr Laithwaite - Malcolm Tierney Maria - Maria Tomei Julia
- Julie Ann Batty Anna - Anna Maria Riccola Mylene - Mylène Gautier Foreman - Kevin Brown Butler - David Bunker Mr Fathersham - Richard Tingle Jonty Jones - Aled Jones Annette Brassey -Lynn
Pierrepont Bank Manager - Tony Machin Sir Charles - Tony Anholt (mystery benefactor)

Chapter 3 (v.1) - Leo meets Tinker for a tipple at The Crown & Anchor pub

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The Lighthouse Hotel Chapter  3 - Leo meets Tinker for a tipple at "The Crown & Anchor pub
Shortly after Leo had returned empty handed from the local garage he and Tom decided that they would spend an hour visiting the old Beachy Head Lighthouse.

It was possible to access the old building from the first floor and take in some of the breathtaking scenery viewing.

It wad a truly glorious day with the sun shining brightly across the headland and local harbour,the sea appeared calm and there was little threat of wind or rain in the air.

Tom noticed how few fishing boats there were moored in the harbour as opposed to the number of white yachts and luxury sailing boats which probably indicated that it was a sign of the times.

Portland was becoming a very fashionable town like many of the old seaside ports which were dotted along the south coast.

The wealthy out of town folk were snapping up properties and using them as their second home.
A local newspaper was running a story about how fed up the local population were becoming with the invasion of second home owners.

There were significant consequences for them because in recent months and years the property prices had increased which meant a lot of the locals could not afford to live in their own town.

Meanwhile Tom and Leo were doing a research on the history of this world heritage site having become fascinated with their new environment.

It was quite noticeable from the antique furnishings,Victorian decorations and general history of the area that they were now living in a place where time had appeared not to have moved on and it was as if they were living in a museum.


Tom- What do you make of this Leo?,I found it in a wooden chest just below the spiral staircase.

Leo- It looks like some sort of log book,perhaps it might have a clue to the identity of the people who will have worked here a long time ago,let's examine it more closely.

Tom- Yes you're right take a look at these old characters,I can just about make out some of their scribblings,yes it looks like some sort of log book.

Leo- it appears these people actually kept watch from the lighthouse and recorded any incidents that might have occurred during their shift.

Perhaps we could take it with us and scrutinise it in more detail when we have more time.

Tom- Well I suppose so,but we really aught to be getting back to the site and my temporary office,I discovered some interesting post back there.

Most of the hotel's essential furnishings will be arriving this afternoon,I'm not quite sure how far on the renovations are right now but I think the hotel's completion will proceed once the final contracts have been signed.

We won't be able to take ownership of it however until the contracts are signed meaning the conveyance and then completion date will be sometime next weekend.

Leo- I see,well as you know I have my own commitments  to focus on with my antiques project and I need to get that up and running as soon as possible.

I'm meeting a guy called Tinker at noon today,he works for an antiques dealer called Lovejoy.

Tom- Oh I see,so you're going to leave your old dad to sort out everything at this end are you?.

I'm only joking son,well it seems that you have got the rest of your day covered,what time is it?.Right I had better look sharp as those builders will be on site by now and I need to make a few enquiries.

Leo- Ok dad I'll catch up with you later this evening but that might depend on how this meeting goes with Tinker, I also have to attend a couple of auctions within Portland and the immediate area.

Tom- Fair enough son I'll see you later then,let me know how you get on by text or call me if you have time.


It was now midday and Leo was slowly making his way towards The Crown and Anchor pub which he had been chosen as a venue for his meeting with Tinker.

He began to feel a little apprehensive about his new venture and his mind was becoming cluttered.

Lovejoy's reputation proceeded him due to his personal and professional affiliation with the delightful Lady Jane Harwood,she needed no introduction with her refined personality and the prestige she was afforded locally.

Lord and Lady Harwood owned a country estate from where they dwelled at a 15th century Manor House,her husband being a prominent local aristocrat.

Leo arrived on time and was now gasping for a nice pint of Scrumpy Jack which was his favourite tipple.

He had noticed on his way to the pub how quiet the the local streets were,there wasn't a soul in sight,where was everyone he thought to himself?.

Then he started to ask himself how on earth Tinker would recognise him after only providing a brief description of his appearance in a text to the gentleman.

He need not have concerned himself as he made his way to the bar,there standing in front of him was the gentleman himself.

He appeared very casual wearing a scruffy looking green baggy jumper,baggy trousers and an old pair of riding boots to match.Leo smiled and thought to himself that this man wasn't exactly dressed to impress.

Tinker- So you must be Leo Devereaux right?,I'm very pleased to make your acquaintance sir,my name is Tinker.

Leo- Yes nice to meet you too sir,I say it's a bit early for a scotch isn't it?.

Tinker- Nonsense dear boy it's 4 hours since breakfast and besides it helps me to keep my mind clear and focused.

Leo- It would have had the opposite affect on me if I was drinking a treble scotch but that's just my opinion and it's really none of my business.

Tinker- Yes quite,now talking of business did you remember to bring the lolly with you?,that's a thousand pounds and I suppose you will want a receipt from old Tinker won't you?.

Leo- A thousand pounds !!!!!!!! What's that for if you don't mind me asking?.

Tinker- Oh sorry didn't my secretary inform you of the details behind this payment?,how thoughtless of her.

It's quite simple Leo,you just pay me this one of administration fee and I will show you the ropes to our business.

We will need further capital investment from you in the future so you might need to access your finances at some point in the next few days.

Leo- There might be a problem there mate,you see we,that's my father and me are buying a local lighthouse and turning it in to a hotel.

Tinker- Oh I say not "Beachy Head lighthouse by any chance?,that's the one at the edge of town near to the local harbour right?.

Leo- Yes the very same one,anyway can we come to some sort of agreement with regard to delaying this first instalment?.

Tinker- Right ok I'll tell you what I'll do,you can join our team in a junior capacity of course.Just pay me the figure I have suggested and we can then use the money to make some purchases at the antique fair later on today.

Leo- Ok that shouldn't present me with too many problems will you take a cheque?.

Tinker- My dear chap what do you take me for?,no of course I can't accept a cheque,just bring me the money in cash at some point today.

Right I must go as I have another meeting with a man about a dog,here's my number and get on the blower when you're ready to pay me,I'll be seeing you tootle pip old fruit.


Leo was left feeling rather confused after meeting this rather dowdy eccentric old timer.

His appearance gave the impression that he was ready to be booked in to the local old folk's home never mind being a partner in an antiques business.

It was now mid afternoon and Leo was still trying to get his head around the idea of drawing out such a large sum of money.What would his dad think of such an idea perhaps it was a risk worth taking?.

After all Tinker might just do a runner with his investment,this was far too risky he thought to himself.

He decided in the end that there was really only one real option open to him and that was to discuss the proposal with his father later on this evening.

He considered an idea of meeting Lovejoy and Lady Jane Harwood in his father's presence,he could then offer his input and share any concerns that he might have regarding joining forces with possible rogues or dodgy traders.

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