Wel­come to Stock­ton by the sea!

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

LIFE’S a beach on Stock­ton High Street this sum­mer – thanks to the coun­cil.

There’s ev­ery­thing you would ex­pect to find on the coast at Salt­burn or Red­car – sand, deckchairs and buck­ets and spades.

But this tem­po­rary “popup beach” has landed right in the mid­dle of Stock­ton High Street.

As passers-by en­joyed the sound of the live Caribbean steel drums at its launch on Satur­day, chil­dren built sand­cas­tles while shop­pers browsed the stalls sell­ing Caribbean food, beach toys and cakes.

Karen Hind­haugh, busi­ness im­prove­ment dis­trict man­ager, was de­lighted with the re­sponse to the “pop-up” beach af­ter it was of­fi­cially opened by the Mayor of Stock­ton, Mau­rice Perry.

She said: “It’s great, we’ve lit­er­ally been open five min­utes and it’s full of peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves.

“It’s all about bring­ing peo­ple into the town cen­tre.

“Peo­ple can come and shop, eat and drink here be­fore look­ing around the rest of the town cen­tre.

“Ev­ery week­end there is live en­ter­tain­ment and a dif­fer­ent theme as well. Next week­end it’s a vin­tage beach theme and the week af­ter that it’s pi­rates.

“Hope­fully peo­ple will say ‘that was great, I’m go­ing to come back’.”

The beach is open ev­ery day from 9.30am-4pm un­til Au­gust 31.

Karen Hind­haugh

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