Hundreds celebrate coastline on Low Tide Day

Punch and Judy shows are performed as part of the Low Tide Day in Seaham.
Punch and Judy shows are performed as part of the Low Tide Day in Seaham.
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Families showed how they do love to be beside the seaside when around 1,600 people turned out to celebrate our coastline.

Durham Heritage Coast’s Low Tide Day welcomed around 1,600 people, as the day kicked off with a rock pool ramble at Seaham Hall Beach.

It was a very special day and a great deal of fun.

Niall Benson, Durham Heritage Coast officer

The day also saw live music performed by Murton’s John Wrightson Band, Punch and Judy shows, seaside songs for children, Tommy Craggs’ chainsaw carving, circus skills, face painting, crafts and medieval woodturning.

Visitors were also given the chance to meet some of the many people who help look after the coast.

Niall Benson, Durham Heritage Coast officer, says: “This was our fourth Low Tide Day at Seaham and we’re really pleased with how things went.

“It was very well attended and it was wonderful to see so many people out and about and enjoying the coast.

“The rock pool ramble was especially popular and over 160 children and adults came along for a plodge on the beach, and to find out more about the fascinating creatures we share our coast with.

“Our thanks to everyone who joined us including the Coastguard Crew, Coast Watch and Seaham Beach Cleaning Crew.

“It was a very special day and a great deal of fun.”

Durham Heritage Coast runs from Salterfen Rocks, near Ryhope in the north, to Crimdon Beck in the south.

It encompasses some of the most dramatic coastline in the North and is home each May to a breeding colony of Little Terns, one of Britain’s rarest sea birds.

Durham was awarded Heritage Coast status in 2001 after completion of the £10.5million Turning the Tide Millennium project.

It included a clear-up of the coastline following the demise of the area’s pits, with Durham Heritage Coast Partnership succeeding the five-year project in 2003.