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Late night opening: Friday, 9th December. Enter out Chilli Tasting Competition and win a Chilli Lover’s Hamper.

Also taste the fine artisan cheeses on our cheese boards and enjoy a complimentary glass of mulled wine.

Open daily until 3.00pm Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas and Happy new Year to All.

Winter Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 6.00pm, Saturday: 8.30am to 5.00pm, Sunday 10.00am to 2.00pm. For more details contact: REAL MEALS, 25 MILTON STREET, SALTBURN, Tel: 01287 622266. Email:, Website:

Celebration of 150 Years

Is there anything to learn from history? One aspiration at the beginning of the planning of the 150 celebrations four years ago was to learn a little bit more about the past. In so doing it might stimulate the mental faculties and perhaps appreciate what forefathers had contributed to their future. There has been a degree of success. A very loose

grouping of individuals and organizations came together and offered a tenuous shell in which to nurture ideas and assist in promoting them. Individuals and local organizations came up with celebratory ideas and took ownership of them. Out of this has emerged a greater understanding of the

past and several events of commemoration. Some lasting contributions have been created. Although the first national Census was conducted in

1801 it was not until 1841 that the first genealogical census was undertaken. Too early of course for new Saltburn which still was struggling for recognition on the night of the 7th April 1861, when a few worthy labourers were sharing farm houses with bucolic hosts. We never found out what actually happened on the

17th August 1861. We did find out that a railway extension to Saltburn

from the Redcar line had been agreed by Royal Assent on the 23rd July 1858 in the North Riding Railway Act for a line to be built for the transit of ironstone. This raised a question as to whether advantage was to be taken of this in the potential formation of a Spa town. We did find out that William Bouch headed the change of design for locomotives after freight made way for

passenger transport. In 1860 the Brougham 160 was born, allegedly the first locomotive to open the Saltburn line. In 1862 the ‘Saltburn’ class locomotives, with 7’

diameter drive wheels, developed. We did find out that HMS Saltburn was a WW1 built

minesweeper. This vessel subsequently, in 1936, carried the Type 79 Radar, the very first early warning radar system developed before WW2. Throughout the period of celebrations the conservation

debate continued about attempting to preserve the remnants of our Victorian heritage. The Mortuary, built in 1881, with funding from Brotton Council, may yet be saved for the community. Contact was made with the descendants of Henry Pease

and a human face brought life to an architectural legacy. A permanent contribution to history is the Saltburn

Mosaics project. Current and future generations may marvel at artistic

impression in the panels that have been especially designed to reflect a passage of time and pause for thought. We are still fighting wars and it may be reasonable to

ask again, is there anything to be learnt from history? We certainly should have more information in our grey

cells after these twelve months of research and celebration. It has brought some parts of the community together. Have we learnt anything or are facts and figures just

more information to archive? Our 17th of August was a memorable day. Long may it

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