Club Walk, Fish & Chip Night, Seaton Sluice - Tuesday 18th July 2017.

          

On Tuesday 18th July 2017, Seaton Sluice was the venue for Walk No2 on this year's short summer programme of visits to
local places of interest. Fifteen members met at the Links Road car park and headed south to explore this small coastal village.
Once a bustling industrial port that exported huge quantity's of Coal, Glass Bottles, Salt and Copperas (Iron sulphate) between
the 17th and 19th Centuries, it is now a picturesque harbour where the Seaton Burn flows into the sea past small pleasure
craft and fishing boats sitting at their moorings.

This is an excellent venue for photography and with so much to see in a relatively small area it was decided that members
would benefit from a go as they please evening rather than follow the usual formal walk. For those with a keen eye, many
strange sculptures can be found dotted around the headland area near the studio of local resident and artist Tom Newstead.
He has created numerous unique artworks out of driftwood, shells and everyday objects to interest and amuse visitors.


      

Sandy Island, Rocky Island, boats in the harbour, the Cut and views along the beach were all captured as members looked
for images in the evening sunshine. The architecture in the village is often overlooked but there are many fine buildings,
The Watch House, The Kings Arms, The Waterford Arms and The Octagon, a small castellated building built before 1750 as
the harbour office, which is now a private dwelling.

After just over an hour of photography, the weather began to change. Dark clouds moved up the coast, the wind increased
and a drop in temperature signalled the time for most of the group to gather at the local establishment for our much awaited
Fish & Chip supper. We were not disappointed, the good atmosphere amongst members led to plenty of chat and suitably
refreshed we ambled down into Collywell Bay and rounded off the evening by photographing the colourful rocks and a large
isolated sandstone pinnacle known as "Charlies Garden".

          

Thank you to those who attended for making it a successful outing.
Davy Bolam.