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The curious world of Withernsea

August 31, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Withernsea, East Yorkshire
 

I think it's no secret that Withernsea has had it's hey day. Back in the day my grandparents had a caravan here and I can remember spending many a weekend in the amusements and playing with a kite on the trailer site. There was a bustling market on the old train station platform and a fair few shops we'd browse and I'd always remembered it fondly as a great part of my childhood. Since then I've raised my own family and we enjoy days out at the seaside but opt for the more popular resorts of Bridlington and Scarborough so re-visiting Withernsea is a rare occasion and every time we visit it seems something else is gone. The traditional seaside resort is looking tired and weathered with few of the places I remember as a kid looking the same. There's still the Lighthouse (that strangely sits inland) and the car park hut on the seafront looks like the tired old shed I remember but the sign of change is evident. The arcades are still in the same place but with the main building having a major facelift and the machines inside are the ultra modern, all singing and dancing with lasers and lights and they pay out tickets mostly which seems to be the latest way to draw kids in to spending their not so hard earned 2 pence pieces. There is an older arcade with some of the more traditional slot machines and next door to this brings me to the gem that I stumbled across. An old disused amusement arcade that has been given a new lease of life! A curiosity shop selling new and second hand goods with it kind of split in to small areas occupied by independent traders. I walked in and immediately new I had to photograph this place. It had character and lots of it! I spoke to a girl sat behind the desk and she informed me the owner was sat in the café seating as I first walked in. So I headed her way and asked the question if I could take some pictures. She jokingly quizzed me and asked if I was undercover from the social, we laughed and she agreed I could take some pictures. So below is a few of the pictures I took, I hope they portray this curious little shop as the beauty it really is. The carpet is original and the old pool table lights hanging from the ceiling really set the mood for the punter sifting through the old LP's. Many thanks to the Lady for allowing me to document this amusement arcades new lease of life, a real diamond in the rough.
 

New and usedNew and used LP's a poundLP's a poundRecords galore Withernsea ShopCuriosityA splendid curiosity shop selling new and second hand goodies in the East Yorkshire seaside town of Withernsea. Lucky 7Lucky 7 Arcade RebornArcade RebornUnder the snooker table lights, the records were happy in their surroundings Banksy?Banksy?That carpet! Tea?Tea?The tea set takes pride of place Curiosity shopCuriosity shopPlenty of items to browse
 


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