Scarborough – happy memories

As I mentioned in my blog yesterday – we are in Scarborough – another gem of the English East Coast.

It is our friend Amanda’s Birthday (I didn’t ask – it’s rude) and we are here for a surprise…

I think Amanda was pleased with her present from me - you can't go wrong with a tee shirt?

We stayed last night in The Crown Spa Hotel – which is very nice. And not at all like Butlins. It is announced as the only 4* Hotel in Scarborough.

It’s quite a few years since I was last in Scarborough – I have many happy memories of being at Peasholm Park as a child. It’s China theme still sticks in my mind – it celebrates its Centerary this year! And one of my earliest memories of a beach is at Scarborough.

My oldest ‘toy’ was found on the beach here! As you can see from the picture – it’s worn better than me! Apparently I found it when I was three – so it’s 45 years old – at least…

What is amazing about Scarborough is that it is a place which seems stuck in time. Whelks on the Sea-Front, men with knotted handhkerchiefs on their heads, bellies out and humming to blaring Gary Puckett and the Union Gap singing Young Girl! This is a place that grew up in the Railway age, but didn’t notice when the railways went. Some of the architecture from that era is stunning. But it seems stuck with nowhere to go – except into the sea. It would be a shame if this was all it had to look forward too.

But this is still a Seaside place. There were plenty of people on the beach – some even on ‘award winning donkeys’. I did neither – as it was a bit chilly for a dip and I wasn’t sure what the award was for? Best flea?

By Tim Garratt Posted in Nottingham Tagged Amanda Crow, Crown Spa Hotel, Donkeys, Holbeck Hotel, Peasholm Park, Scarborough,

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