Friday, 20 August 2010

Breezy Bridlington

My parents moved to Bridlington after they retired, so it's somewhere I know quite well.  I can't say it's one of my favourite locations, but Izzi was keen to re-visit places hadn't been to since my mother died in 2005.  The whole of the North Promenade area is taken up with amusement arcades and fairground rides, all of which were a bit tatty and slightly sleazy.  Everything in Bridlington is done "on the cheap"...

We went onto the North Pier to avoid the noise of the arcades.  Bridlington is flat - much more so than the resorts just up the coast - so attracts the elderly and infirm.  As a result you need to be careful of people zooming around on disabled scooters.

There were various flavours of boats in the harbour, including two very different pleasure craft.

The people are always fascinating in seaside towns, and these two caught my eye.  The girl was very bored looking after an ice-cream stall, and nobody was buying anything because of the weather.  The chap with the camera kept leaning further and further back over the railings - what we photographers do for an ideal shot!

Two more scenes from the North Promenade, including the "road train" which takes families from Bridlington to Sewerby.  The building in the first picture - actually a leisure centre - was completely covered in seagull guano.  Seems to sum Bridlington up...

Finally, some pictures of Bridlington's shops.  Now you know where to go if you ever need smelly balls!!