What a wonderful day.
Pubs are back, there’s another tick in the Guide to pink in,
and I have more evidence that Doom Bar is the connoisseur’s beer.
But what about Blyth itself ?
Last month I gave you memories from the Spartans’ finest hour,
but failed to give you a feel for the town.
Think of a middling industrial town (Hinckley, Northwich, Dunstable), dump it next to a long stretch of sandy beach, and you’re 77% of the way there.
This is the view from the free beach car park where our campervan found a little space next to a Jaguar (not the cat).
An early start (who else gets to Blyth at 6.30am ?) meant I could capture ALL the highlights that will have you rushing to book a fortnight’s holiday here rather than Seahouses.
I mean, look, they clearly filmed Transformers XVI – Whey Aye, Man here.
Towns with historic ports always have compensation for workaday centres, (see: Grimsby, Bootle, Goole).
The tourist office have given up seeking a VAR reversal of that Wrexham goal from a twice-taken corner in 1978 and focused on the joys of the harbour, including the tall ships and the less-than-tall ships.
I had no recollection of Blyth, bar losing a football in the sea in 2009, but Pubmeister recalled 8 GBG entries.
There’s certainly some handsome pubs, including Oddfellows with its glorious bay window above the door.
The door was open at 7.45am, and it’s possible it pipped the Spoons in welcoming in the new dawn for pubs with a Carling offer. Certainly a bloke inside was happily drinking two hours later; I should have joined him.
The size of these pubs tells you how Geordies spent their evenings in 1978. They weren’t watching Celebrity Bakeoff on Ice.
Nearly all keg, bar the Spoons and Olivers, of course. But the pubs are the highlights of a town with functional shops and a lot of vape shops.
And barbers, at least 8 of them.
The queue for a £7 cut at 9.15am went round the block, even as the queue at the Wallaw looked a little light.
Lively place, but I’d come here when football returns and visit the Spartans, after a gallon of LCL Pils of course.
NB Thanks to Pubmeister for the blog title. Usual fee applies.