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Hairy Biker Si King
finds Heaven
in a bag of chips!

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"It's all about creation and surprise. It just needs to be appreciated and watered like flowers. You have to water flowers. These peaks will come again." Sonny Rollins
"You have to water flowers..."
Welcome to the online Whitley Bay & Tynemouth Guide, a handy resource to fill you in on what there is to offer along the coastal strip from the picturesque St Mary's Island to the historic Fish Quay. Shop and spend in bustling, busy towns with loads of personality and hundreds of independent outlets; rejuvenate along our natural, healthy coastline and exhilarating waterfront; explore the romantic castle and priory; dine out or party on among the streets of pubs, wine bars and things to do of an evening; then relax, unwind and 'get your head down' in friendly and comfortable guesthouses and hotels.

Now due to funding issues beyond our ken, we will not be publishing a printed Guide for 2010. Over a period of two years we rolled up our sleeves as a 'labour of love' to produce and distribute — and all done privately! — a staggering 120,000 Guide booklets.

The function of this online version is to update all of the listings as well as to provide a home for the many features and writings from Guides past, and to add some new material along the way. To the smattering of folks on the planet who were misfortunate enough to miss out on the Guides first time around, you can now catch up and read all about it. However, your much-loved printed pocket pal will return in 2011, bigger, bolder and bursting at the staples with more quality content, things of wonder, and plentiful feel-good splashes of colour and cheer.

The stretch of coastline covered within this site consists of several successive havens of delight; the bobbing Fish Quay, sleepy Cullercoats, Tynemouth's air of contentment, proper fish and chips, lovely shops and bars, ice cream parlours, astonishing beaches...... it is only the neglected though prominent parts of Whitley Bay that still niggle like a loose tooth.

Indeed, while authoritarian antlers continue to lock behind closed doors, arguing budgets and deciding whether, for example, our Dome is to be decorated in magnolia and woodchip, transformed into a temperance hall to promote fine thoughts and bettering the mind through games of Ker Plunk, or perhaps a lavish Byzantine Mecca to that bloke who invented the windscreen wiper, well they're taking their time aren't they. So until those in charge complete the regeneration and call "Showtime!", best just grab some chips and head beachwards for a restorative salty plodge.

But, thank the heavens, bestowed upon us from the 'private sector' comes a handful of groups of positive folk who see ways forward such as the Whitley Bay Development Trust and Culture Quarter. There are better times just around the (Rainbow) corner — give them your support!

And that flapping blue and white bunting adds a welcome all-round riot of colour to the town. With Whitley Bay FC doing it again with that whopping 6-1 win against Wroxham in the FA Vase Final on May 9th, let's keep those flags flying! [Of course the bunting's now been taken down. Leave it up lads!!! Can't the workers go tidy up or something instead.]

Above: Promotiing the 2009 Guide, from left to right: Ray Laidlaw, Bill Midgley, Paul Irwin, Bob Langley and Chris Wilson (sorry, girls, they're all spoken for)

Opposite: Braving the North Sea in the name of publicity last spring were Chris Wilson, Paul Irwin, Ray Laidlaw and Peter Mortimer
 
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