Friday, 27 April 2018

1728 : Ten From The Seaside 10 - To The Next Wave


Like the sea itself,  closeness to the seaside comes in waves: childhood, parenthood and so on. That intimate knowledge of sand, plastic buckets and salty sea-spray can only be experienced through the eyes of the young. Here's to the next wave.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

1727 : Ten From The Seaside 9 : As Constant As Sea And Sand

Donkey On The Sand At St Annes (Photo By Frank Fieldhouse, 1941)
The seaside has been a constant since the first day excursion train set out from the first industrial town on a bank holiday Monday. As constant as work and play, sea and sand. This photo features my auntie, Miriam Fieldhouse, during a wartime holiday in St. Annes-on-Sea.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

1726 Ten From The Seaside 8 : Cleethorpes Palette

I didn't take all that many colour photographs back in the pre-digital days, but this is a rare one taken at Cleethorpes in the mid 1980s. Even with a colour film loaded, you didn't need an extensive palette in Cleethorpes.

Monday, 23 April 2018

1725 : Ten From The Seaside 7 : Donkeys On The Sands


Donkeys On The Sands, Skegness, c.1982 : It's as British as marmalade on toast and malt vinegar on chips: donkeys on the sands. How many times have foreign invaders been driven back from  the coast by a cornet-carrying child mounted on a dapple donkey?

Friday, 20 April 2018

1724 Ten From The Seaside 6 : Paint Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes Pier : c.1982
Basic ingredients for a British seaside holiday : a pier, some sand, a bucket, and a palette full of grey paint. Any resort: paint the Humber estuary, paint Cleethorpes.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

1723 Ten From The Seaside 5 : Bingo, Fruit And Ice Cream


The seaside is more than sea and sand and lobster pots. The seaside is rock and ice cream and games of bingo in neon-lit halls - all to the accompaniment of coin-dropping fruit machines. This was Bridlington back in the 1970s. It still is, fifty years later.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

1722 Ten From The Seaside 4 : Bridlington Breakwater


The sands of the Yorkshire beaches are punctuated with stout wooden breakwaters. Designed to break the backs of the raw North Sea waves, they also provide somewhere to sit down, and - occasionally - provide shade from the sun.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

1721 Ten From The Seaside 3 : Watching The Tide Go Out


A typical British seaside view - sun, sea and overcoats. We are still in Bridlington, still in the 1970s and this particular group have managed to get a Royal Box to watch the tide go out.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

1720 : 10 From The Seaside 2 - Somewhere Under The Rainbow


This is one of my pictures from the 1960s of the old fishing harbour at Bridlington. The Sailor's Bethel was a non-conformist church catering for the welfare and spiritual needs of fishermen and sailors. The building is still there but is now known by the less picturesque name of The Harbourside Evangelical Church.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

1719 Ten From The Seaside 1 : Bracing Bits


Spring came yesterday. It has gone away again today, but that one oblique glance at the sun was enough to make me want to go to the seaside. So a new mini-series of scans from my old negatives starts with the seaside at its bracing best - Skegness. This photograph was taken a couple of years after the great storm of January 1978 cut the pier into three bits.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

1718 : Ten From The Pub 10 - A Pint Of My Mam


Beer Pump Display - Bobbin Ligger, Milltown Brewing Co.

A few years ago I suggested a name for a new beer which was being brewed by Huddersfield's Milltown Brewing Company. The theme for their beers was the old Yorkshire textile industry and the name was based on my father's first job in the mill - a bobbin ligger (someone who would fetch and carry empty yarn bobbins). I designed the beer pump display and incorporated a picture of my mother when she worked in the mill. This provided the unmissable experience of being able to walk into my local pub and ask for "a pint of my mam, please".

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

1717 : Ten From The Pub 9 - Saloon Bar Friars


Saloon Bar Sign, Black Friar, London

The Black Friar in Queen Victoria Street, London is one of my favourite pubs. Back in days long gone by, I used to take groups of overseas visitors there as part of a tour of old London pubs. It is not only a fine pub, it is a work of art - tiled throughout in the style of the arts and crafts movement. Outside, there are delightful signs pointing you to the various bars. If you ever find yourself in London, visit it - you will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

1716 : Ten From The Pub 8 : Say Cheese


The Cheshire Cheese, Fleet Street, London (1987)

I have just realised that I have got to number eight in this ten part series on pubs and all I have shown is buildings. Buildings in themselves - whatever their architectural merit, however much their timbers have absorbed centuries of malt and hops - are not pubs. Pubs need people - drinking, talking, laughing, enjoying life. I took this photograph in the 1980s whilst on a trip to London with a group of trade union students from Doncaster. I can still feel the glow of their friendship thirty years later.