Photographs from The Farne Islands and North/South Shields

The photographs were taken in June on the Farne Islands; the Artic Terns attacked us, pecking our heads and leaving deposits on our clothes.  I’m just glad we do not have flying Elephants! The Puffins looked at us as if we were mad.

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This set of images, taken in South & North Shields, much more civilised, and they have Coffee Shops.

We caught the ferry from South to North Shields to have a look at the fishing fleet and Ray Lonsdale’s Sculpture named Fiddlers Green on the Fish Quay, a memorial to honour those fishermen who died doing their job after leaving port.

We finished our time there with lunch, what else but fish and chips, and then we headed back to South Shields.


Edinburgh Tattoo

On Thursday 16th August 2018, forty nine Seaham Harbour U3A members set off for a two day break to the Edinburgh Tattoo. We had a one hour break in Jedburgh for a light lunch (for some) and a spot of shopping for others.
Back on the very comfy coach through some wonderful scenery to Helix Park Falkirk to visit the Kelpies who were well photographed by all.

The Kelpies name reflected the mythological beast that  possess the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coal-ships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area.

After a very short journey from the Kelpies we arrived at our hotel The 4 star Airth Castle Hotel & Spa in time to change and have a pre-dinner drink.
There were three choices for the meal which was very good and enjoyed by everyone it was served quickly and in a lovely spacious conservatory.
Dinner over it was time to get wrapped up for the tattoo, as we all knew it was going to be cold. It took us about an hour to get to Edinburgh and after a short walk we were in the queue to enter the castle arena, after a slight hold up because of a medical emergency we were shown to our very high up seats which gave us a superb view of the tattoo.
The show was fabulous, lots of wonderful music and dancing, storytelling, fireworks and a light show on the castle and arena and it stayed dry and not too cold (if you were well wrapped up). Because of the hold up at the beginning it was a little late finishing so we didn’t get back to the hotel till about 12.30.
On Friday we returned to Edinburgh for the day, some to enjoy shopping and the Edinburgh Fringe and others to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia. Everyone agreed they had enjoyed the day and again it stayed dry.
We left Edinburgh at 4pm had a short stop on the journey home and arrived back in Seaham at about 7.30.
I am sure everyone would agree with me that Alan did a great job arranging this break and we would like to thank him very much.
Also a big thank you to Les our coach driver.

(Information on the Kelpies from Wikipedia)

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July Event 2018

Our eighth July Event was well attended by our members and held on the 12th July this year.

There was a variety of our group members works on display, what talent we have in our U3A, the artists and the photographers put on a brilliant display of their work. It was good to see the return of our Patchwork Group displaying their beautiful colourful quilts etc. they were greatly missed last year.

The food as usual was excellent (thank you Gordon, the tea Ladies and Gents and Relish the caterers), everyone enjoyed themselves socialising and perusing the exhibits.



Next meeting is Tuesday October 2nd at 1.30 pm in the Crows Nest, East Shore Village.