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Monday, July 14, 2014

Seaham Classic and Performance Car Show, Tommy - World War One-inspired sculpture and more

We had a great day out this weekend at Seaham - beach, harbour, Classic and Performance Car Show and then taking a look at the new sculpture 'Tommy' the World War One soldier.

The dogs came with and we took them on the beach for a good run, they love water so keeping them out the sea is almost impossible.

A stroll to the harbour led us to The Lookout cafe where we enjoyed a delicious bacon and sausage bun with a cuppa, while looking out over the harbour and lighthouse and watching the sea thrash against the sea wall.  While we were there we found the East Durham Heritage and Lifeboat Centre, which houses the George Elmy lifeboat. The lovely lady who works there explained to us the full story, that the lifeboat had been involved in a tragic disaster more than 50 years ago after it capsized during a rescue in huge seas off Seaham in which nine people died.

Tummy's filled and dogs tired we headed to the car show.  My hubbie has a long time obsession with Campervan's so he was delighted to see two were in the show, although I did panic at one point when I noticed one of them was for sale and had visions of us driving home in it. Here are some of our favourites.

I don't know if we have been watching way too much Prison Break recently but I was so excited to see this one.  At the moment we are quite heartbroken as we've come to the end of the series and it was truly emotional!

Yes this is a working hearse, so fantastically unusual, it was amazing to see.

Last but certainly not least was an unmissable visit to see the World War One-inspired sculpture, 'Tommy' or officially called Eleven ‘O’ One, by Ray Lonsdale.  This is absolutely wonderful, the 9.5ft sculpture, made from corten steel, reflects the first minute of peacetime, as a World War One soldier slumps down to contemplate the close of conflict. The sculpture also represents what is now known as Post Traumatic Street Syndrome (PTSD) which many faced as they returned from the battlefields.

Seaham is always a place I love to visit with the dogs and we were all so glad we did this week for all these treats.

Sharon x

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  1. Wow. This looks like a beautifully historical day :) Ps. I am envous over the sausage and bacon bun I must say :)

  2. looks like a fab day! your blog is very slow, and keeps freezing I would recommend not having so much on your sides. made it very hard to access this post xo

  3. A lovely day out! I haven't seen the Tommy statue before but it is really impressive. It certainly makes you think about what soldiers have gone through.
    Sis x

  4. I love going to car shows. We currently do one as a fundraiser for youth football. The love seeing the cars that come out. Definitely brings me back!

  5. This looks like so much fun. My husband loves to go to car shows, so it would have been a great time for both of us!

  6. What fun! I love the pictures and the sculpture looks great. Very emotional without being over the top.

  7. I LOVE that motorcycle hearse. My uncle just passed away and that would have been perfect for him!

  8. Sounded like you had an awesome time with all of it. The bike hearse is so cool. I would have loved to been there. Thanks for sharing.

  9. We love going to classic car shows! Looks like it was a fun day.

  10. What a wonderful visit with unique events and things to see! Love the car show especially.


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