Almost all of us have happy memories of excursions and holidays spent beside the sea. For many, these will have included the Yorkshire coast which runs unbroken for more than one hundred miles between the two great rivers, the Tees and the Humber. Within those boundaries are the popular seaside resorts of Whitby, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington as well as numerous smaller and quieter but equally well-loved destinations. How did the love affair with the area start and how did it develop? Over the years, all the ingredients for the perfect holiday are there - the spas, the sea and sun bathing, board and lodgings, entertainment and just as importantly, the journeys there and back. “Beside the Seaside” takes an entertaining look back at the history of these resorts over the last four hundred years and asks, “what does the future hold?”
Evocative and intriguing, absorbing and surprising, the talk appeals both to those familiar with the area and to others who just enjoy being “Beside the Seaside”.
I am an experienced professional family and local historian living in West Yorkshire. History has been my passion for over forty years. I blame my parents for taking me to every abbey, castle and historic house they could find. I am so glad they did though.
I have completed around thirty five family histories over the last ten years for clients throughout the UK and Canada.
My book Silent Witnesses told the story of those men from the village of Horbury near Wakefield in Yorkshire who paid the ultimate price during the Great War. My latest book Beside the Seaside - A History of Yorkshire's Seaside Resorts was a great labour of love to research and write. Both my wife and I take great pleasure in being by the sea.
I am currently working on my second book for Pen and Sword due for publication in Spring 2019. I am a contributor to several magazines and have recently collaborated with Wakefield Cathedral on a World War One project.
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