A great old picture of Marsden Bay

SWEEPING....looking out over Marsden Bay towards the colliery village.
SWEEPING....looking out over Marsden Bay towards the colliery village.

WE’VE had a little taste of spring at the time of writing, but I imagine that winter still clings on in the caves and icy rock pools of this beauty spot.

This view of Marsden Bay is another picture by South Shields photographer James Cleet, kindly given me by a reader.

It’s hard to know when it was taken, but obviously post-dates the construction of the lift, which was installed in the late 1930s, but pre-dates the enclosure of the lift shaft.

In the distance, you can just make out the roofs of the old clifftop village of Marsden Colliery.

Lots has washed up at Marsden over the years – a whale on one occasion.

But I was amused the other day to come across a note from just after the last war, when the flotsam included an 8ft-long dolphin (dead, one assumes, it’s not clear).

Obviously the old South Shields Corporation was contacted about its disposal, as it was noted that the cleansing, borough engineer’s and borough treasurer’s departments had all disowned responsibility for it.

It was actually deemed that it was the entertainments manager’s job to remove it!

In the end, however, the Coastguard claimed it, oddly enough, as Crown property.