“The society which has abolished every kind of adventure makes its own abolition the only possible adventure.” Paris, May 1968

Friday, 18 July 2014

Past splendours in Whitley Bay.

Visiting a long lost relative meant spending a couple of days in the Tyneside resort of Whitley Bay. There is something about decaying seaside resorts that I find strangely fascinating. All that crumbling splendour. The memories of past glory, childhood thrills and countless holiday romances are locked into every inch of the broken, windswept promenades. Whitley Bay was once the holiday destination of choice for generations of Geordies but, although I'm told that the town is still busy at weekends, the Mediterranean package holiday boom put paid to that as it did in so many other resorts. The place has clearly seen better days but in a way I think that the local council have made the right decision in forgoing vanity projects on the sea front and investing instead in a new theatre and library. Sometimes we need to just let the past go and I hope that this friendly old place eventually finds a new future for itself.

1 comment:

Dr Llareggub said...

Can we assume that people who believe in global warming will have the initiative to turn these seaside towns into Mediterranean or even Caribbean style holiday resorts ready for the warmer British climate, thus cutting out expensive costs for overseas travel.