South Shields pub’s ‘private beach’ sign is creating waves

The new signs at Marsden Grotto, South Shields.
The new signs at Marsden Grotto, South Shields.

A pub’s controversial ‘private beach’ sign at a South Tyneside beauty spot is making waves online.

The Marsden Grotto in South Shields has recently been taken over and as part of the revamp, it now has signs displaying the words ‘Private Beach’ on its Coast Road entrance.

They are misleading the public.

Boldon Jim

On Saturday, the Gazette ran a story saying bosses at the National Trust, which owns the majority of Marsden Bay, were concerned the sign may confuse tourists by thinking they weren’t allowed down on the beach.

But pub boss Sharon Deehan said the sign was referring to the stretch of sand in front of the Grotto, which belongs to the business.

Scores of people took to the Gazette’s website to leave their views.

Boldon Jim typed: “To most people a private beach is just that; and will assume the whole beach is private, in actual fact they own a small bit. They are misleading the public who have regarded the beach as public and open to all.”

Denpatton added: “As a businessman I rely on social media because its is indeed ‘reliable’, and feedback regarding this signage is (causing nothing short of fury) amongst the locals. If they have any sense at all, they will remove it.

However, Mischief wrote: “I think we should give the new management a fair chance and not read too much in to their reasonably modest business signage.

“After all, it is true to say that The Grotto does have a ‘private’ beach.”