Redcar Land Sailing Regatta

Land sailing events in Redcar date back as far as 1909 and the sport still maintains a strong following of enthusiasts who travel all over the country to compete in various events. This weekend saw the Redcar regatta take place which is held on the wide open sandy beach of Coatham Sands…

 

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The Pilgrims

Around one hundred pilgrims from Northern Cross celebrated Easter today by crossing over the mudflats to the island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland. On what was the final leg of their week long journey as they walked from many parts of northern England the pilgrims, many barefoot, walked the two and a half miles along the old pilgrims route from Beal across to the island…

 

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Seacoalers

Coming from coal seams in sea cliffs or underwater deposits centuries old coal is deposited on the beach as the tide drops at Saltburn following strong seas over previous days.

Traditionally collected and used for heating, cooking and garden nutrient it is thought that European cultures dating back to the Romans and before used sea-coal.  In places where this coal occurred it could be a dependable source of fuel and there were professional sea-coal gatherers and small local industries that existed to gather and sell the coal.  This tradition continues in many areas, particularly in northern Britain as other sources of fuel become more expensive.

 

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