Ilkeston Cam on Holiday in ....
Uploaded w/e 27 November
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300
Day Three - To The Old Pier
Wednesday morning was quite
busy on Foreshore Road with a lot of people like us just wandering
ialong the seafront enjoying the sunshine and the holiday atmosphere.
We paused only briefly to look in the shops and amusement arcades
but after crossing Eastborough into Sandside we stopped at the
Harbour Bar and were tempted by the vanilla ice cream cones with
a lemon topping. They were delicious and a repeat will be high
on the list of things to do when in Scarborough again.
We continued all the way along Sandside passing more bars, cafes
and gift shops and the crowds appeared to have thinned but many
people were still about on the other side of the road looking
at the boats in the harbour.
At the end of Sandside the road continues around the headland
as Marine Drive which was built in 1908. Originally it was built
as a toll road and the one penny fee, which raised nearly £1900
in its first year, was collected at the toll house, the building
in the centre of the picture. Tolls were suspended for pedestrians
during the Second World War and for vehicles in 1950 but the
We walked on to the Old Pier which runs between the Old Harbour
and the East Harbour. Looking over the Old Harbour we could see
not only the West Pier where we had walked the previous day,
but also beyond that we could follow our route from the Valley
Bridge past the imposing Grand Hotel, St Nicholas Gardens, the
Big Wheel and all the way along Foreshore Road and Sandside.
It was also the place to read about Albert Strange. A pontoon
is a flat-bottomed boat and Albert was a foremost designer of
small sailing craft. But boats were only his hobby and his profession
was Head of the Government-sponsored School of Art in Scarborough.
He is mostly remembered though for his yacht designs and was
a founder member of the Scarborough Sailing Club which now has
its headquarters at the lighthouse - which was where we were
I crossed to the other side of the Old Pier where an old landing
stage stands in the East Harbour. All the boats moored here though
were stranded until the tide came in again.
Towards the end of the Old Pier a dockside crane overlooks the
East Harbour and beyond that a drawbridge over a channel into
the East Harbour crosses to Vincent's Pier where the lighthouse
Vincent's Pier is an L-shaped structure built in 1752 across
the mouth of East Harbour. After walking over the drawbridge,
now seen here on the right, I continued past the lighthouse to
the far end of Vincent's Pier and took this photo looking back.
The lighthouse was severely damaged in 1914 by a German bombardment
and had to be dismantled but it was rebuilt in 1931.
There was quite a cool sea breeze blowing on the pier but before
returning to the lighthouse I took a number of shots of the East
Harbour including this one showing the East Pier on the right
and the Old Pier on the left. On the extreme right is the second
entrance into the harbour which, unlike the first one, doesn't
have a drawbridge across it.
We returned down the Old Pier passing several visitor attractions
and businesses on the way.
One such business was centred on the pleasure boat Regal Lady.
A Scarborough resident and businesswoman, Angela Samples, died
during the pandemic. She was not only well-known for her Hat
Shop Boutique but also for her voluntary and charity work. Her
younger son Heath bought the Regal Lady in 2019. He has dedicated
it to his mother and converted it into a Dunkirk-themed museum.
As well as a "Dunkirk 1940" plaque, the yellow funnel
on the boat carries the inscription shown above. From the end
of the pier we retraced our footsteps along Sandside to find
somewhere for lunch - and what could be better at the seaside
than some locally caught fish and chips? Answer - "Not a