This is my newspaper column, in print today in the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard:
Hunstanton beach is often referred to as ‘Sunny Hunny’ and with numerous visits tucked under my belt it’s easy to understand why. I have driven through hailstones that made it impossible to see the road, forcing myself and fellow traffic to pull over ‘sit it out’, I’ve driven through high winds and even snow! On each occasion my arrival at Hunstanton has been celebrated by bright sunshine and the calming reassurance of a worthwhile trip!
On Monday 28th July Harry and I ignored the weather report and set off for a day at the beach. It seemed many shared in our positive attitude; the main beach was scattered with deck chairs, bright coloured buckets and lots of bare skin. Once again, we had been blessed with sunshine.
Some time late afternoon we were surprised to feel the occasional raindrop, a warm mist that both Harry and I welcomed in the heat. Others were not so welcoming and a sudden panic spread, until only the hardy were left to enjoy the last few hours in the sun. We later discovered that the light mist had been the tail end of an enormous downpour that ripped it’s way through Wisbech, the beach had been our umbrella.
Hunstanton beach reminds me that a positive attitude brings reward, that a pinch faith goes a long way and that to fully appreciate the sunshine, one has to get a little wet now and then!
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Tom Waits (Audio Magazine 1980)
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