Driftwood 9 43

Driftwood 9 43

That’s Tynemouth, where the Tyne flows into the North Sea.

In the background are the ruins of Tynemouth Priory. The site was already occupied by Romans, and the priory was founded in the 7th century. It was fortified to protect it from Viking raids, and still in WWII it was used as a coastal defence installation. The ruins and graveyard surrounded by fortifications and guns look a bit eerie.

Bordering to Tynemouth to the north are the seaside towns of Cullercoats and Whitley Bay. Whitley Bay was once famous for its permanent fairground, the Spanish City, which that Dire Straits song is about :3 …

Oh, and the railing on the Tynemouth pier has now been painted black. It took me immense research efforts to figure out whether it was still rusty white in December 1998. V°(oo)°;V
I found photos with the old rusty white railing from 1991, then 1997, then early 1998 …  And finally, when I was almost despairing and considering a frame that didn’t show the railing, one from 2001, where it was still white and rusty!


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