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The fall of footsteps

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Memorial bench, The Leas, South Shields

Memorial bench

I often spend time walking on The Leas, South Shields, this swathe of grass covered cliff tops offers a quiet solitude with only the sound of the North Sea constantly crashing or buffeting the rocks below. It offers too a green space for recreation, when the weather is pleasant it’s miles of verdant padding provides the venue for kite flyers, footballers, cricketers, golfers, joggers, walkers, and dogs.

Many feet have tramped across these cliff tops, some looking for gentle peace and calm, some looking for more vigorous exercise, others looking to marvel at nature, and others looking towards an end. Their footsteps can be heard quietly falling before us, particularly when the conditions on the cliffs are damp, drizzly, and foggy with a melancholy mist. Anthony Jackson may have been such a soul, or this may have been one of his favourite spots during his time with us; there are others, many others, who have a bench donated in their memory every hundred yards or so along the small path that gives views over the sea.

The Leas are owned by The National Trust and are a treasured part of this coastal town, as well as being the natural habitat to myriads of wild life, I walk there often, following in the footsteps….


Update 7th. April 2007

One of my customers at Curly’s Corner Shop has just brought this in, and we decided it would be good to share it.

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Written by curly

March 29, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. one of the best spots of south shields, we are lucky to live in such a beautiful place

    Nathan - S-shlds

    March 29, 2007 at 12:30 am

  2. What a lovely spot to visit. Your prose makes the photo even better. Can’t wait until I can walk your favorite paths.

    Clare, Clinton, New York, USA

    March 29, 2007 at 2:10 pm

  3. anthony jackson was a great friend of mine
    we used to go fishing together and we were in the same fishing club
    we now fish for the anthony jackson memorial trophy every year
    he was one of the nicest lads you could meet


    April 5, 2007 at 5:53 pm

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