Dance on the Beach

Zoobin Surty is a choreographer and dancer from Mumbai, India, though based in Leeds. In 2014 he produced and directed this show, performed at Christmas at Saltburn Community Theatre. In October, whilst rehearsals were ongoing, Zoobin enlisted Shelley Eva Haden, an award winning professional dancer, to perform on the beach. Her work would be used as a backdrop for the live performance of the show at Saltburn, and subsequently in Leeds. Shelley was also joined for some of the shoot by Saltburn based dancer/teacher Estelle Reed, whose work was crucial to the Saltburn December show.

A Hot Day At The Beach 2020

The first Summer of Covid. After several months of tight restrictions, Government relaxed the rules in late May, so that people were allowed to leave home for ‘outdoor recreation, provided they do not stay out overnight’. Crowds descended on the countryside and beaches across the country, encouraged by warm weather. The Photographs in this set were taken on one day in late July.


On a Sunday morning in October 2010- a meeting of Saltburn Scooter club was arranged on the pier. It turned out that the weather was awful- wet and cold. But this made for good photography due to the reflections on the wet decking. On a more clement day the previous year, I met the chap with the red Vespa outside what was then the Gym on Milton Street.

The Top Promenade/ Marine Parade 2020-21

Marine parade is the seafront road that bounds the north side of Saltburn. Whilst the beach has its own attractions the top promenade offers stunning views. Lockdowns permitting, it is the spot for Trillos Ice Cream van, public gardens, and viewpoints. On the anniversary of the first lockdown, yellow ribbons were tied to the railings at the spot overlooking the pier, in memory of those lost to the pandemic over the previous year.

Saltburn Against Sewage 06/11/2021

This was a global day of action against climate change. Locally, along the coast from Saltburn to Redcar, dead crabs and molluscs had been turning up in their thousands on the beaches. The cause is still unknown. Meanwhile, government voted against compelling water companies to stop dumping raw sewage into the sea, overturning the previous EU directives. Another result for Brexit! Local MPs voted in favour of continuing the pollution. Here are some photos showing the protest at Saltburn Pier.