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    The Waterfall

    by suvanki Updated Aug 27, 2013

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    This artificial waterfall is quite attractive, though I'm not so sure about the stone Pelican in front of it!
    situated near Ross Castle, we passed by, after leaving the car, and gave it a quick glance. Returning to our car, we could see the waterfall, but there were strange 'white clouds' floating in the air above it. Getting closer we could see that someone must have been influenced by the Foam Parties in Ibiza etc, as the pool at the bottom was thick with foaming suds.
    Well, I'm sure that it caused some amusement for those who did this, but I hope that there weren't fish in the pool.

    Looking this up on Google, it would appear that this is a common prank Photo of Foam spreading onto The Promenade and another

    Plenty of Warning signs in front of the waterfall, which Cleethorpes seems to have a monopoly on - Dangerous to walk on the rocks etc, but nothing prohibiting chucking washing up liquid etc into the water!

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    Buy some seaside rock.

    by suvanki Updated Aug 27, 2013

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    Something to get your teeth into!

    typical of seaside resorts, there are a few shops/ stalls selling rock, the teeth rotting sugary sticks that come in all flavours, shapes and sizes!
    Traditionally, sticks come wrapped in cellophane, often with a small photo of the resort in black and white or colour, with the name of the resort running through the centre of the stick.
    Aniseed, mint and plain sugar are the traditional flavourings, although over the years different flavours and colours have been added.
    Babies dummies, false teeth and 'breakfast plates' or fruit shaped rock are common

    'Smutty' anatomy shaped pieces can also be purchased.

    Reductions for multi buys are often offered.

    Bags of boiled sweets, such as mint humbugs etc are often on sale too.

    I purchased 4 small sticks of rock for 40p each from a gift shop near Ross Castle

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    The Amusement Arcades

    by suvanki Written Aug 27, 2013

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    The place to waste money, but having fun doing so (for a short while)!

    "Oh. I should have remembered to bring some coins from the change jar" is guaranteed to be uttered by one of us first

    So we end up going to the change machine, which changes coins and notes into smaller denominations ... giving you that first small buzz as the coins clatter into the tray below - Ker-Ching! As Phil said on his second visit to change a coin - It's the only thing that's paying out!

    Now off to my favourite 'Shove Halfpenny' machines - or morelike Shove 2p or 10p

    No matter how much your brain tells you that all of those coins teetering on the edge aren't really going to tip over the edge, that little voice keeps saying, "just one more go" That'll do it.....
    .... Well Phil and I wasted all of £2 each - we know our limits!! But acting like a kid again, and seeing Phil having fun = Priceless!

    , Bopping frogs with a mallet can be quite a giggle too ...... err rubber frogs that pop up at random for you to knock them back into their hole.

    A bingo game? eyes down....I think the game going on behind us was automated - the member of staff leaning against the desk certainly wasn't moving his lips, and it was very monotone.

    Hook A Duck?, or test your wits and nerve to grab a brightly coloured piece of acryllic - A prize every time? Oh Yes, it's the winning that matters.

    Anyway, it's 20+ degrees out there and the sun is shining - These places are an escape from the rain surely!.... Get out of here........

    There are two or three arcades along the North Parade.

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    All The Fun of The Fair!

    by suvanki Written Aug 27, 2013

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    On the North Promenade is a small fair, attractive to youngsters - Big Wheel, Swing Chairs, Bouncy Castles, a pirate ship and a 'Caterpillar Ride are guaranteed to keep the very young occupied for a short while.
    For the older children/teens/ adrenaline Junkies, Pleasure Island at the opposite end of the Promenade is the place to head for.

    Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
    Kings Road, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire DN35 0PL
    Telephone 0844 504 0104
    Check out the web site below for prices/ attractions/Directions etc

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    The Pavilion and Pier

    by suvanki Written Aug 27, 2013

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    This attractive pier was built in 1872 by Head Wrightson, and cost £8,000! This was funded by the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company (Later to become LNER).
    The pier was originally 1,200 feet long, but is now recognised as one of the shortest piers!

    The Pavilion was completed in 1873, and opened on August Bank Holiday Monday - so we were here on the 140th Anniversary!!! The original pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1903 though.


    In 1936, LNER sold the pier to Cleethorpes Council. World War 2 and threat of invasion from the enemy forces, meant that the middle piece of the pier had to be removed in 1940,to prevent its potential for being used as a landing stage. This left a section floundering at sea. which was demolished after the war, with Leicester City FC benefiting from some of the salvaged metal, which was used to build its new stand. The pier now only measures 335 feet.

    Cleethorpes Pavillion was a popular venue,This was the place to see 'Stars of the Era' such as Flanagan and Allen, Ken Dodd, Des O' Connor, Mike and Bernie Winters etc, where Music and comedy featured.
    Before the days of X-Factor and Britain's got Talent, Opportunity Knocks was the place to be discovered on TV, otherwise you might try your chance at one of the Talent Shows held at venues such as the Pavilion.

    Wrestling and Bingo were other popular attractions.

    Variety shows lessened in popularity, and this place was sold, and re-opened as a night club, which underwent many changes of ownership. Pier 39, which opened in 1985, was apparently considered 'the Best Club on the coast' due to it's 'outstanding quality of sound system and lighting' Discos, Live Music and Guest DJ's/Z list 'celebrities' brought in the crowds, but Incidents of drunken brawls etc led to the licence being removed. The pier was put up for sale and auction, where it appears that it wasn't exactly a desirable investment.
    However, It has recently been purchased, by the owner of Humberside Airport, with the intention of making it a Community run project with 'something for everyone'. The plans for the future of the pier It re-opened at the end of July 2013, serving non-alcoholic drinks and snacks from the bar and with seating outside.
    What Wikipedia has to say about Cleethorpes Pier and Pavillion

    I hope that the new plans work out, and that the Pier and Pavilion continue to be a landmark of the town.

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    Enjoy the Beach

    by suvanki Written Aug 27, 2013

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    Cleethorpes Beach and Pavillion
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    Steps from the Promenade, lead onto the sandy beach, where visitors were enjoying the sunshine. A few were braving the sea too! Watching people wading in the water, it is quite shallow for quite a way out. The beach stretches for 5km, but is on the banks of the River Humber, and not the East coast line.

    The beach here is surprisingly clean, and is strewn with small shells and polished pebbles.
    Cleethorpes is recognised as being a Blue Flag Award winning Beach, and the water quality is
    Five Star rated.

    When the tide goes out, it is possible to walk quite a distance, but be aware that the incoming tide comes in quite quickly, and set off back in good time.(5 hours before High Tide is due) Check the Tide Times, displayed at the Lifeboat Station, in the local press, Tourist Info or contact Humber Coastguard on 01262 672317

    Beach Safety Team First Aid Station, 139 Central Promenade, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8SE
    Telephone: (01472) 323356

    Later in the afternoon we noticed a ' tractor' heading out to warn people to return - the man was shouting through a megaphone to them.

    Those who preferred to stay on the beach were enjoying lazing in the sunshine. Deck Chairs (£2 for the day) and Wind breaks etc are available for hire from Kiosks on the Promenade(pic 5) The more energetic of all ages were playing football, frisbee or flying kites. We spotted one chap with a metal detector - hopefully not looking for WW2 land mines, that do occasionally turn up around here.

    My child hood visits to the seaside, were spent building sand castles, rock pooling/beach combing, which kept me enthralled for hours, and it seems that these are still as popular with today's children (and adults) A young boy came over to us, so excited by a HUGE crab that he'd found! He insisted that I had a look in his bucket - well it probably seemed huge to him!!

    Up and down the beach were castles and fortifications fashioned from the soft sand in varying standards, from the single upturned bucket castle to some large creations complete with drawbridge and moat. Our favourite was an Asian Family of teenagers and young adults, who were taking their construction very seriously, one of the young men appeared to be the 'fore man' shouting out instructions, then standing back to check the angles etc. A very impressive Fortification, which reminded me of the Ksars I'd visited in Morocco.

    I have happy memories, and a few black and white photographs of me enjoying donkey rides at Whitby- 'my donkey' was called Bluebell.
    Cleethorpes has plenty of opportunity for children to partake of this seaside tradition - I've never seen so many teams of donkeys! Hanging on for grim death to the saddle, or parent walking alongside, the ride lasted for a couple of minutes or so.
    The donkeys looked to be in good condition, with quite shiny coats, and appeared to be quite contented. I'm not sure of the cost of the ride, but most prices in Cleethorpes appeared to be quite reasonable.
    We were quite amused to see one of the staff with a large shovel, cleaning up after the donkeys.

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    Pier Gardens - Memorial to the Workers

    by suvanki Written Aug 27, 2013

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    Memorial to the Workers

    This small granite memorial stone is in recognition of 'All Workers around the world, killed at work'

    Workers Memorial Day is on 28th April, and there are usually services of remembrance held on this day,for families, workers and Union Members to pay their respects to those killed or maimed during their work.

    This years (2013) services were held just five days after the tragedy of a factory building collapsing in Bangladesh, killing 300 people and injuring many more. Click here for more information about the service at Cleethorpes and the Factory Tragedy

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    Memorial to RAF North Coates Strike Mission

    by suvanki Updated Aug 27, 2013

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    Sculpture of the airman
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    Looking at Ross Castle, we spotted this impressive statue in Pier Gardens, it is of a RAF pilot, kitted out for action, standing above a stone plinth. On each side of the plinth is an inscribed plaque
    The memorial is in honour of the men and women who served as pilot, navigator or ground personnel under R.A.F. North Coates Strike Wing (No 143, 236 en 254 Squadron) during WW2.

    The bronze sculpture is by Pam Taylor, who is renowned for her work. which includes many RAF memorial pieces.Here's another example

    More information about the memorial, with the full inscriptions can be found here on this Roll of Honour Site

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    Ross Castle

    by suvanki Written Aug 27, 2013

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    Unlike many of the East Coast resorts, Cleethorpes doesn't have too many cliff tops. Over time, those that were here have eroded and disappeared. Ross castle indicates the former height of one of the cliff tops

    Now, this isn't an ancient fortification, it is a Folly, built by the Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshires Railway Company, as a visitor attraction. The Railway Company started services to Cleethorpes in 1863, with the intention of developing the town as a 'seaside resort'

    In these year, they built a mile long promenade, to prevent erosion to the cliff tops

    The company purchased the Pier Garden in 1884, and passengers arriving by train, could pay a few pence more to the rail company to wander around the gardens, Ross Castle and the Pier.
    In 1934, visitors no longer had to pay an admission charge, when the local council took over ownership of the park. The park was re- designed by Thomas Mawson, the leading landscape architect of the time.

    Ross Castle is named after the then secretary of the MSL Railway Company Edward Ross. It was restored in 2007, after being closed for a few years due to 'Health and Safety issues'
    It gained Grade 11 Status as a protected monument in 1990.

    You can enjoy views of the Humber Estuary from here including Spurn Point and the two WW2 forts.

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    Have a good look out to sea...

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Humber Estuary on flight simulator -impressive eh?

    Cleethorpes is just about the southern end of the Humber Estuary. This massive natural feature is not exactly the most impressive natural feature in terms of beauty, but it does drain over 28% of England's water - filling the North Sea with the detritus from the Midlands.

    The Estuary is very important for wildlife and although I've not been there personally the Discovery centre in Cleethorpes seems to be worth a visit (see website listing)

    I just enjoyed the bracing view from the end of the road that heads north out out Cleethorpes - with a good stiff breeze, the sea and the heavy cargo ship heading for Hull...plus the fact it means you avoid looking at Cleethorpes itself.

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    ROSS CASTLE

    by alyf1961 Updated Aug 27, 2009

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    ROSS CASTLE

    Ross castle was built by the The Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company in 1883-1885 and named after the company’s secretary Mr Edward Ross.It marks the highest original position of the cliffs.

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    DONKEYS ON THE BEACH

    by alyf1961 Written Aug 27, 2009

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    DONKEYS

    It is a British tradition for donkeys to give children rides on our beaches. The donkeys always look sad but I know from when I lived in Redcar that donkeys are usually well looked after and cared for.

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    Humber Bridge.

    by bonio Written Aug 30, 2008

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    If you've travelled to Cleethorpes from the North the chances are you will have crossed this bridge anyway. If not it's well worth a shrt trip to take a look. One of the largest suspension bridges in Europe, it crosses the River Humber. Drive across in a few minutes or take a couple of hours to walk across, it's a memorable experience, especially if it's a windy day.

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    Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

    by bonio Written Aug 27, 2008

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    Minature steam railway running along the coast, as the name suggests.
    Had intended to ride on it but a collection of black clouds arriving and only uncovered seats left when we arrived. A good decision the heavens opened, shortly after, it would have meant a good soaking for us.
    A couple of nice photos follow.

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    Where east truely meets west....

    by sourbugger Written May 19, 2004

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    You would think that this is a tip about somewhere exotic - like Istanbul perhaps ?

    But no this is about Cleethorpes and a metal plaque and a signpost that can be found on the costal path near the boating lake.

    The Meridian line itself runs right through Cleethorpes - and the signpost list the distance from here to other (other surely not ?) points in the world -

    North Pole - 2517 miles
    New York - 3481 miles
    South Pole - 9919 miles
    London - 143 miles
    Sydney - 10483 miles
    Moscow - 1495 miles

    It must be the only time that you can feel at the centre of civilization in Cleethorpes.

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