|our caravan site where Tina, Mike, Maria, Luke, Aneurin and myself spent a week in geordie land.|
The pits have gone now and the whole area has been landscaped, the beaches although not perfect are starting to clean themselves up. You can still find sea coal on the beaches and the rocks and pebbles on them are the old colliery waste that was dumped out to sea and has washed back in on the tide.
|the beaches of the colliery villages are now starting to clean themselves up|
|this mine shaft is a monument to easington colliery|
|easington colliery site|
The Pit villages have had big movies such as "Get Carter" and "Billy Elliot" filmed in them and off Hartlepool headland the first civilian was killed in the second world war from German ships bombing the coast. Another interesting fact is that Matt Baker once of Blue Peter and now presenter of the One Show and Countryfile was born in Easington. He did a film for Countryfile about a local beauty spot called Castle Eden Dene which goes from Blackhall to Castle Eden.
|Hartlepool headland, there was a fairground on it the week we were there.|
|this is the area where the Little Terns breed you can see the area that has been fenced off for them|
|one of the many signs trying to explain to people about the Terns|
These are some of the images I managed of the birds themselves.