Wind farm

wind farmI very recently visited my family in Redcar, the town I grew up in.

Redcar is a town of around 36,000 people situated on the north-east coast by the mouth of the River Tees within the county of Cleveland (sandwiched between Durham and Yorkshire). Originally a 14th century fishing village and sub-parish of Marske-by-the-sea, it became a popular seaside resort in Victorian times after the opening of the local railway in 1846 and the construction of the racecourse in 1875. Post-war, employment has mainly been provided by the local steel and chemical industries, but these have been in severe decline for a long time and Redcar is now in a bit of a rut economically.

In the year since I lasted visited, the seafront has changed dramatically. In an attempt to revitalise the area, not only have they reconstructed the sea defences and promenade and built a “vertical pier” (now officially know as the Redcar Beacon, which will feature in later posts) and art gallery, but they have erected a wind farm just off the strip of beach closest to the centre of town. The wind farm is not exactly universally popular with the locals, but I think most would agree that it certainly is striking in appearance (and like all wind farms, very photogenic).



  1. Nice.
    I’m with you on wind farms. I don’t think people pause long enough to really look at them. It’s usually the old fogies who go on about them most and it’s they who have left the problem of lack of resources to us to deal with – they had a good time with them didn’t they.

    1. Thanks. It was a little windy that day and the turbines were turning, but as far as I can remember the weren’t making much noise that could be heard above the sound of the sea and the constant screeching of the ever present seagulls.

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