On Sunday August 5th 2012, Richard James Patterson, who ran the Beadnell Bay Boat Launch, died suddenly.
He was well know and well liked around the area, having spent 50 years of his life working in the villages of Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh.
Richard Patterson with tractor at Beadnell Bay
The car park, Bay and village will miss him dearly.
September. That time of year when normality returns once more and village life in Beadnell, Seahouses and Bamburgh returns to a mellower pace.
The weather is still pretty fantastic, blue skies, sunshine and warm water. The road are getting quieter… you can feel Autumn approaching.
I love September. I revel in it.
As the summer passed, I thought about what defined this area we live in.. not easy to do. Not as an answer to that, but as a visual exploration, I collected these images, which hopefully begin to paint the picture.
The Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands
Fish and Chips from any of the various chippy's
Lobster Pots - working or decorative
Billy Shiel boat trips to the Farne Islands
Of course there are many other things I could have included, and everyone has their own vision of what this special piece of coast means to them, but you have to draw the line somewhere… We could talk about Kippers, Grace Darling, Dunstanburgh Castle, Beadnell Harbour, Golden Beaches… but these are the ones that work most visually – and they work for me.