Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Whitley Bay: Readers Have Their Say; We Had a Big Response When We Recently Published a Series of Pictures from a New DVD, Bygone Whitley Bay. Today We Hear Your Comments and Present More Archive Pictures

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Whitley Bay: Readers Have Their Say; We Had a Big Response When We Recently Published a Series of Pictures from a New DVD, Bygone Whitley Bay. Today We Hear Your Comments and Present More Archive Pictures

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WITH the sun shining and summer approaching, many of us will soon be indulging in the age-old tradition of heading to the seaside.

The latest DVD from the prolific Six Townships history group recalls the life and times of one of the North's most famous resorts, Whitley Bay.

We recently published a selection of some great unseen archive pictures from the DVD.

Here are some more old Whitley Bay images for your delectation and a selection of comments, some of them opinionated, from readers on the Chronicle's Facebook page.

Hugh Lamont: |I used to come down from Glasgow for an annual holiday with my parents in the late-1950s and early-1960s. I've lived along the road, in Seaton Sluice, for the last 24 years. It's a lot quieter now than I remember it as a child.

On this triumph FA Cup See Brad Carlson: Used to |spend all my time as a kid at the Spanish City and the Plaza. Can't believe how much of a dump the whole stretch is now. A disgrace!

Andrea Smith: |The council's idea of regeneration seems to be to knock it down and grass over the lot, rather than listen to what the people who live and work at the coast are saying. A bit of clever planning could make this a great place to visit by introducing a new park, new shops, and an open-air space for concerts and plays. A new beach front could include shops, a cafe, a visitor centre, a light railway from the Links to the lighthouse, and boat trips around the lighthouse. These could all bring in revenue and make Whitley Bay exciting again.

Neil Turner: On the plus |side, the council are going to regenerate the area... like we never heard that before! Whitley Bay and the surrounding areas should have been sorted out years ago. Karl Douglas: Anybody |remember the shuggy boats? Peg Chapman: Happy |memories of Whitley Bay.

Donna Brennan: I lived | there from being born until 1970. Loved it. Spanish City, Tynemouth Pool, ice rink. Those were the days.

David Hemsley: Long |gone now!

Michael Lisle: It's a |disgrace that Whitley Bay was allowed to get in this state. …

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