Postcard pictures made with digital cameras.
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.
To mark the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, a soccer match was organised on the beach next to the pier. Participants wore army uniforms of the time and children planted poppy crosses in the sand.
A decade of beach watching. All photographs in this set shot on film.
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.
July 10th – To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Saltburn, on this day the seaside promenade was given over to a vintage car show. There were some traditional funfair rides, and people were encourage to wear vintage ‘Victorian’ clothes.
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.
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.
The second Summer of Covid saw more and more people flocking to the coast for holdays and staycations, as travel beyond our borders was still difficult or impossible. In 2021 though, at least the chippies and cafes were open. Surfing has long been popular in Saltburn, but the surf school saw a massive jump in interest from newbies.
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.