Monday, November 10, 2008

Tea time all year round.

The newly refurbished Valley gardens tea-rooms opened for business this summer, and now, for the first time, thanks to the building being fully insulated, the Tea Rooms can offer year-round opening. The café will open remain open from 10am - 3pm offering teas, coffees, delicious scones and cakes.
You will receive a warm welcome from the staff, some of whom are currently attending Redcar and Cleveland Council's Learning Disability Day Service. Their voluntary work will not only
provide them with additional training but also enable them to be supported into paid employment in the catering field in future.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The rise and fall of a Cliff Lift engineer.

After eleven years of working as an engineer carrying the responsibility of ensuring that more than a million visitors were transported safely between the lower and upper promenades Alan Ismay drove Saltburn's Victorian Cliff lift for the last time this Sunday.
The trip marked the last summertime run for the lift and Alan's retirement. This season a total of 99,904 passengers have experienced the 55 second journey on the cliff lift's rare water powered system which dates from 1884.
A former customs and excise officer, Mr Ismay commented that many of his passengers did not understand why they sometimes had to sit and wait for the lift's water balanced mechanism to work and were baffled by the system.
Alan will be staying on to welcome his successor as Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council will be interviewing applicants later this month and he will be helping the annual winter maintenance programme. Its attraction is also strong enough to make Alan think twice when reopening time comes round on Good Friday, April 9. "I might be back to do a bit of relief work," he admitted.