Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Redcar's a Victim of Economic Change

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Redcar's a Victim of Economic Change

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DON'T rubbish Redcar!

I was intrigued by Jack Hurley's "Rubbish Seaside" parody postcards and his description of Redcar as "Dystopia-on-Sea" (The Gazette, Teesside Life, 20.03.17).

There are discouraging aspects to Redcar: its "tired" appearance; its run-down High Street; its 27 wind turbines; its redundant blast furnace. But it is not a dystopia.

The Oxford Dictionary defines a dystopia as "an imagined place, or state, in which everything is unpleasant or bad." The societies depicted in Huxley's "Brave New World", and Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four", would certainly qualify.

As a satirist, Hurley has every right to lampoon Redcar, and other seaside resorts, to rub in the obvious point that they are past their best.

They realise that realistic hope of an MP is to find the south of off they Chris Foote But, it is only fair to point out that Redcar has redeeming features: an outstanding beach and impressive rocky "scars"; an upgraded promenade, protected from the sea; a seafront starring in the Oscarwinning "Atonement". …

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