Friday 16th September
Arrived at Whitby Holiday Park, without too many run-ins with scary roads, and were pleasantly surprised to find that it’s set on top of a cliff which overlooks Saltwick Bay. It also had a stunning view of Whitby Abbey too – it was a perfect base. Pretty much as soon as we’d settled down with a bottle of wine, the heavens opened. The wind had by now picked up an awful lot too. Pink lightning lit up the entire sky out across the sea and thunder vibrated the ground low and rumbling. I imagined it was a night like that when Dracula washed up to shore.
Sat in darkness watching the lightning for a while, and then Will, Angela and the kids came round to our caravan. We watched The Lost Boys and chilled out.
Saturday 17th September
Whitby Pirate Day
Dressed up in our pirate outfits and strolled along the cliff top and then down into Whitby. Got stopped by numerous Japanese visitors along the way for photos, and my arm was aching by the time we got there, because I had to hold on tight to my hat to stop it from blowing away.
Had a look along to the bandstand near the pier to watch some of the bands, had a walk along the pier and had a general meander about Whitby.
There weren’t too many other pirates about, but it was definitely busier than last year. Had a few drinks in the usual watering holes – The Pier, The Jolly Sailor and The Dolphin – and also had the mandatory fish & chips sitting outside on the wall (well, Derek and Marvin did – I don’t like fish!)
By the time we walked back along the cliff top to the caravan, it was dark and eerie. We ordered pizza and, by the time we’d eaten it, we’d all crashed and burnt.
Sunday 18th September
Ouch, bad head. I’m never drinking again!
Home time L …until next year!