Whitley Bay- November 2018

After Sophie and I visited Tynemouth Market, we went for a wander to Whitley bay, to see the renovated Spanish City. It opened in 1910 as a concert hall, restaurant, roof garden and tearoom and was a smaller version of Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. A ballroom was added in 1920 and later on a permanent funfair. It had a Renaissance-style frontage and became known for its distinctive dome, now a Grade II listed building. There were shops and cafes inside, a roof garden, and the Empress Theatre, with seating for 1,400 on the floor and 400 on the balcony. The Empress…

St.Mary’s Lighthouse ~ May 2018

After Sophie and I had lunch at the Food Fair, we decided to go up to St.Mary’s lighthouse at Whitley Bay and have a wander around the nature reserve there. The history bit St.Mary’s Island is a very small sandstone island, just off the coast at Whitley Bay. Back in medieval times there was a chapel on the island, and it was dedicated to St.Helen. It’s worth digressing here as St.Helen was an important part of Christian history, being the mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was the main instigator of Christianity throughout Europe. He made his Mum his…

Day 278~366

I was working in Whitley Bay today, and though the morning started out grey and cloudy, the sun came out this afternoon, so I took Frego to see St.Mary’s lighthouse. ┬áThe tide was out and there was a chilly wind blowing in from the North Sea, so we didn’t stay long!