Ilkeston Cam on Holiday in ....
w/e 24 July 2022
All of this week's
pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300
Day One - To The Seafront
It's been quite a number of years since we were last able to
go away on holiday but we've recently returned from a few days
in the Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough. The town isn't
totally unfamiliar to us as we've been there many times in the
past. My parents first took me there as a child and my wife also
enjoyed family holidays there. Then after we were married we
had two holidays in a caravan on the North Yorkshire Moors just
north of Scarborough and later enjoyed several long weekends
at the Late Spring Bank Holiday in the town itself. But that
was back in the 1970s and 80s. Since then, like everywhere else,
some things have changed so these few days away were a journey
We arrived in Scarborough on a Monday in July and after booking
in to our accommodation took a walk down to the seafront along
At the end of Valley Road the harbour came into view under the
The harbour wasn't the only thing to come into view under the
bridge for as we passed beneath the structure we could see -
and hear - the many gulls that had taken up residence above.
As we reached the seafront the unmistakable sight of Castle Hill
greeted us at the far end of the South Bay. Some things in Scarborough
may have changed but this view isn't one of them.
We were surprised to see so many children on the beach given
that the schools hadn't broken up for their summer break but
we later saw a line of coaches so assumed that the groups of
children had arrived on them for an end of term day trip with
Another feature on the landscape that we remember well from previous
visits is The Grand Hotel which has stood here overlooking the
beach since it opened as "the largest and handsomest hotel
in Europe" in 1867.
A little way along Foreshore Road from the hotel is something
that we don't remember from those previous visits and that is
the Big Wheel. If memory serves me right, there used to be a
cinema or theatre that stood on or very near to the site that
the wheel now occupies.
Although there is no longer a theatre, there are plenty of other
places on Foreshore Road designed to keep visitors entertained.
Bus companies also ply their trade in the town and open top vehicles
are also popular.
Foreshore Road becomes Sandside where Eastborough from the town
centre meets the seafront. It was good to see the Harbour Bar,
one of the first business on Sandside, was still open and selling
ice cream to the masses. It opened here on August Bank Holiday
Monday in 1945 and it was a place we always enjoyed visiting
on our previous holidays. It would later in this holiday be on
our itinerary again.
We didn't go much further along Southside but turned back to
return to our accommodation. We hadn't seen any Daleks, Cybermen
or other aliens on our walk but wondered if they were about somewhere
and whether Dr Who was in town too. Is that the Tardis? We hoped
it was just an old Police Box - but you never know, do you?