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Whitley Bay's
first 3-Day
Reggae & Ska
Festival

May 13-15 2010
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TV Celebrity Chef, and one of two Hairy Bikers, Si King offers up a a few tasty gobfuls of what makes our coastal region special. All food related of course......

And when you've had your fill of that, go here to read a related article from the 2008 Whitley Bay Bike Festival programme...
See ye doon the Coast...
by Si King
My love affair with Whitley Bay and her coastly neighbours unsurprisingly revolves around food and the North East characters that serve the population. On the occasions I get home, a trip out with the family more often than not ends up 'at the coast'. It's a big hit with my lot and the pilgrimage normally starts at North Shields Fish Quay.

With the cool box stowed in boot of car or pannier of bike, depending on how many want to come along, we meander down to the quay as the mighty Tyne flows past to the sea.

It doesn't matter what time of year you go or whatever the weather is up to, there is always something going on. A cup of take away tea from Kristian's chippy and we're off. Normally we stop off and see Tony and his lads and lasses at Seaview Fisheries to buy some bits and bobs for to have for our tea when we get home.

Next stop Whitley Bay for Pantrini's fish and chips. We get settled on our favourite bench overlooking the Bay to scoff our goodies — OHHHH Heaven in a chip bag!!! — followed by an ice cream from Rosa and the Café Mediterraneo.

I have often said that the characters you find serving great produce are as important as the produce itself, and the few I have talked about here (I know, I know, there's more of you that I haven't mentioned) are a credit to their community, local gems that stood the test of time and so consequently are held fondly in the affections of the folks from Whitley Bay to Fish Quay. And it is these businesses which highlight the overwhelming sense of place and belonging that can only be found in the North East of England and nowhere more so than on our wonderful coast.

If we all continue to visit, support and use the facilities and businesses that exist up and down our shorelines then we as individuals give them a value and a future which, in my view, can only help to keep local traditions, communities and heritage alive.

We'll see ye doon the coast!
 
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