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).