Ilkeston Cam on Holiday in ....
Uploaded w/e 28 August
All of this week's
pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Day Two - To The West Pier
As we continued our morning walk on the second day of our holiday,
Tuesday 12th July, in Scarborough, we followed Eastborough from
the town centre down the hill to the seafront.
On the way we passed several shops where the windows were full
of souvenirs and gifts.
Others had racks of postcards which left us in no doubt about
where we were. In this technological age of emails and instant
messaging, I pondered whether anyone actually sends postcards
any more whilst on holiday. But then I remembered I still had
a large postcard collection of my own at home purchased from
places I had visited so I resisted the temptation to buy any
more and carried on down the hill.
Partway down the hill a narrow road called Merchant's Row loops
off on the right, the seaward side, and these two similar views
show the Mariners' House and the sea view beyond. The Mariners'
House was built in the early 1700s and with tales of links to
smuggling in the past it is now a hotel boasting fabulous sea
The other end of Merchant's Row comes out onto Eastborough opposite
a small paved area with seats and a variety of notice boards
advertising local attractions. The seats also provide the opportunity
for visitors returning from the seafront to rest their weary
legs before continuing up the hill into the town centre!
A little further down the hill is a short cut to the seafront
and the Lifeboat Station via an alley (or maybe it's called a
ginnel or even a snicket in this part of the world) called Lifeboat
Steps but we carried on down Eastborough.
And at the bottom of Eastborough where the road swings to the
right to meet the seafront, West Sandgate rises up on the left
passing The Frigate Restaurant at no. 2 to the picturesque and
Grade II listed Wilsons Pub at no. 6. Formerly the Leeds Hotel,
the building which dates 1692 although significant alterations
were made around 1900, changed its name to Wilsons in 2014.
Well it had taken a while on this Tuesday morning to reach the
seafront but once there, we crossed the road and made our way
onto the West Pier for a good view across the channel into the
harbour of the lighthouse and the Diving Belle statue at the
end of the Old Pier.
The Diving Belle is one half of a pair of sculptures commissioned
by Scarborough Civic Trust in 2007. The other half of the two,
the Bathing Belle, is located in the Westborough shopping precinct
in the town centre. Both were sculpted by the artist Craig Knowles.
Whilst on the pier and looking for interesting subjects to photograph
like this pile of rope, I noticed an unusual vessel leaving the
the zoom lens I could make out that the name on the stern was
that of the pirate ship Hispaniola but I'd already suspected
that from the skull and crossbones on the flag. The Hispaniola
takes holidaymakers on daily trips around the bay and advertising
suggest that they may see a variety of marine life including
seals, dolphins and porpoises. The sight of the Hispaniola reminded
me of when my parents took me to Scarborough many years ago.
We had a trip on a "pirate" ship then (that's Mum
and me on the right) on The Mere near Oliver's Mount and
disembarked on a sandy beach to scrabble in the sand to find
buried treasure. Some other children found a coin or two but
I left empty handed!