Whitley Bay
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This fascinating collection of over 200 photographs beautifully depicts Whitley Bay over the years. This 'Dream Village by the Sea' was grafted onto the farming and failed colliery hamlet of Whitley, developing from the 1860s onwards.

The pictures are taken from the collections of North Tyneside Libraries. The accompanying notes cover the original village, the Victorian extensions, and the attractions provided along the Promenade and Links They help trace the development of an unplanned dormitory town into a major seaside resort.

Whitley Bay's most famous attraction, the Spanish City amusement park, is given an entire chapter to itself. The book includes several aerial shots of the park, showing the rides in the early and mid 20th Century. There are several photographs of the Figure Eight Railway (an early wooden roller coaster), the Water Chute, the Virginia Reel, the Social Whirl, the Rainbow Pleasure Wheel and the Old Mill ride.

This book is a fascinating photographic record of a seaside resort and its amusement park.

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