Now You Know What We Did This Summer: Bridlington By Bus, Train and Taxi

A look at Bridlington’s public transport offer

Thanks to previous lockdowns and pandemic conditions, it has been two years since we left our last Now You Know What We Did This Summer round-up. The last entry looked at Bournemouth’s buses, which we found were dirt cheap compared with Greater Manchester’s buses.

The last time yours truly went to Bridlington was nearly 12 years ago. I had an overnight stay there and used Lord Tennyson’s favourite resort as a halfway point between Doncaster and Middlesbrough. There, I was supporting the late great Donna Williams at what became her last UK lecture tour. After seeing her Doncaster lecture, I got Northern’s service to Bridlington (via Goole and Hull), then continued to Middlesbrough by bus via Scarborough.

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Now You Know What I Did This Summer: Weston-super-Mare’s Bus Routes

A look at present-day bus operations in Weston-super-Mare

Birnbeck Pier, Weston-super-Mare (with Coaster open top bus).
Virtual Monopoly: First Bristol, Bath and The West run most of Weston-super-Mare’s bus routes. Seen here is the decaying yet iconic Birnbeck Pier with an open-top bus on the 1 seafront service to Weston.

Thanks to the wonders of S.S. Great Britain, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and the West Somerset Railway, yours truly returned to Weston-super-Mare. Which of course explains my recent absence of posts on East of the M60Continue reading “Now You Know What I Did This Summer: Weston-super-Mare’s Bus Routes”

Morecambe: The Decline, Fall and Rejuvenation of a Seaside Resort (Part Two)

Part Two: Soul Searching and Birdwatching

Stone Jetty
Tower of strength: the lighthouse at Stone Jetty, Morecambe. Image by Neil Turner, 2010 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved)

Throughout Morecambe’s most prosperous, and its leanest of years, there is one structure that has been key to the town’s future.

The Stone Jetty.

The Stone Jetty has been a feature of the town centre since 1853. Before Heysham port opened, passengers bound for the Isle of Man took a ferry to Barrow-in-Furness. From there, they would transfer onto another boat for Douglas. They stayed at The Midland Hotel. It was also a terminus for Scottish and Irish ferries

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Morecambe: The Decline, Fall and Rejuvenation of a Seaside Resort (Part One)

Part One: To Hell With Blobbyland

Morecambe Heysham advert LMS
In the resort’s heyday, Morecambe’s 1930s grandeur brought day trippers and holidaymakers to the resort, which also coincided with the introduction of the Holidays With Pay Act.

Before package holidays grew in popularity, Morecambe was known as Bradford-by-the-Sea. Owing to the “Little” North Western Railway line via Carnforth, it was a popular resort for Bradford folk. A western alternative to Bridlington and Scarborough for a Wakes Week jolly. There was at one time the largest lido in Britain, neatly complementing the Midland Hotel. The Winter Gardens had a ballroom as well as its theatre. There was two piers: three if you counted the Stone Jetty. Continue reading “Morecambe: The Decline, Fall and Rejuvenation of a Seaside Resort (Part One)”

The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times

A look at the North Wales resorts in the 1980s and 1990s

With the Wakes Weeks upon us (Oldham’s starting on the 27 June, Stalybridge’s being from the 19 July), a great many of us may be in holiday mood. Today’s holidaymakers – thanks in no small part to our continued membership of the EU – think nothing of boarding a flight to Spain, Greece or Turkey. For some, as second nature as boarding a 216 bus into ‘Town’. Continue reading “The Thrill of the Rhyl in Better Times”

Trouble Over Bridgwater: Summer Bussing in Weston-super-Mare

Where a revived Crosville dominates the Somerset resort

Bristol VRT open top, VDL 613S, Crosville Motor Services, Weston-super-Mare (side view)

For five days, the genius behind East of the M60 was holidaying in the West Country resort of Weston-super-Mare. Yours truly was baffled as to why a proud Cestrian name was seen on the streets of Weston which inspired this year’s look at bus operations in the resort. Continue reading “Trouble Over Bridgwater: Summer Bussing in Weston-super-Mare”

Where Every Day Was Less Like Sunday: Blackpool in the 1980s and 1990s

A nostalgic reflection of the UK’s best loved seaside resort

Central Pier, Blackpool
Central Pier, Blackpool. Owing to the shortage of 1980s and 1990s pictures I have of the resort, this was photographed in 2011. (Sorry, and there’s no way I could have Photoshopped someone with a mullet wearing a shell suit whilst listening to Matt Bianco on a Walkman).

‘Manchester on Sea’, the ‘UK’s Biggest Playground’, and a ‘Place Which Imports Its Own Idiots’; these are a few of the things which most people refer to Blackpool as. Everybody, whether they’ve been to Blackpool or not always have an opinion of the resort. It never tries to be another Brighton, San Tropez or Southwold. It is Blackpool. It is without exception, a one-off, and a place which numerous resorts have tried to imitate yet fail to do so. Continue reading “Where Every Day Was Less Like Sunday: Blackpool in the 1980s and 1990s”