Sunday, April 15, 2012

Donkey Rides And Pints Of Beer


We are off to the coast for a few days, to the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarbrough. This early 20th century postcard view comes from the collection of my great-uncle, Fowler Beanland. Between all the bracing walks, donkey rides, fish and chips, and pints of beer, I will try to find the spot this view was taken from and see what is there today. Knowing a little about the recent history of Scarborough, there is a fair chance that the cliffs have crumbled into the sea, in which case I might well get my feet wet. I'll be back on Thursday (hopefully).

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like an enjoyable few days, especially the fish and chips and beer. Have fun out there!

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  2. I bet that'll be some bracing sea air! Have fun, but don't get blown away!

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  3. Is it my imagination, or did you use Scarborough and fair in the same sentence as a pun of sorts? And does this mean we get to see you riding a donkey? Have fun!

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  4. Since my wife went to Scarborough as a kid, I find this an interesting post and look forward to how it looks today. A neat idea for a small series of posts.

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  5. Donkey rides...I had no idea. I can picture you riding the donkey and eating fish and chips, but then you'd need another hand to hold the pint of beer.

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  6. They still had donkey's in Filey a couple of years ago.

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  7. We went on the bus from Whitby to Scarborough last year and I loved it. There's something about the English seaside town. I want to stay at the big hotel which overlooks the sea. I think it's called the Grand. To be served tea and scones in a lounge and pretend I'm in a Poirot movie, something like that. Enjoy!

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  8. Oh jeepers. Donkey rides? You may need more than one pint after that experience. I so love the English movies and hearing about things from there.
    QMM

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  9. Well you had me at the word ‘donkey’ - as you may remember I love these gentle creatures.....so please don’t go hitching a ride Alan! I also have a soft spot for Scarborough, so yes, please post pictures!

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  10. That's all newspaper hype about the cliffs crumbling into the sea! How do I know, since I have lived in Southern California for the last forty years? I lived on Flamborough Head in my teens, only about 15 feet from the cliffs edge and the spot is still there, (tho' not the house). I have a great many historical post cards of Flamborough and one or two of Bridlington. I've been back a good number of times. If I were thirty years younger and could handle the winters I'd go back like a shot. (Though I have to say I do love where I live now, but oh, Flamborough has my heart! Does your grandfather have any old postcards of Flamborough, I wonder. I think I have collected almost all that are available. Have a great time in Scarborough, but do a day trip to Flamborough Lighthouse. I think I'll have my ashes scattered there!!!

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  11. Maybe a good idea to check-out that viewpoint BEFORE having a beer. Have lovely time.

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  12. Will you wear your top hat?

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  13. Will look forward to the update. I love those "then and now" things.
    By the way since you posted about pubs closing I've started noticing how many there are up for sale - even ones that seemed to be thriving a couple of years ago.
    I hope you enjoy your break.

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  14. What a terrific card! Do they still do donkey rides?

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  15. Aggh- you best keep your feet dry- wouldn't want to catch a spring cold!!

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  16. Enjoy yourselves!
    Thought of you the other evening as I was watching a Wdytya episode from Oz and it turned out the person's ancestor was from Huddersfield! He had been in prison in Lancaster and this Ozzy actress met an expert in a very nice pub.
    Says I, to the Mr., I'd bet you anything that Alan Burnett has had a few pints in there!

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  17. I'm very fond of Scarborough, though you didn't pick the driest, warmest day of the year for your visit!

    I reckon the photo is taken from somewhere in the cliff gardens; maybe near the bandstand?? There is definitely a bit of artistic licence in there though!

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