A Day in Worthing

Yesterday the sun shone, the sky was every shade of the brightest blue, and the thunk of tennis balls on grass could be heard on tellys through the open windows of avid Wimbledon watchers (and this year everyone in Britain is an avid Wimbledon watcher). I decided to take the train down to the seaside town of Worthing to have a wander, put my feet in the sea and take some photos.

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Worthing is a small town along the south coast west of Brighton. It struck me, as I walked around, as a town in a state of gentle decay — the once beautiful Regency, Victorian and Art Deco buildings quietly succumbing to the wind and salt blowing in off the sea.

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I headed down the pedestrianized Montague Street which has, unfortunately, been colonized by high street chain stores. Oh, how it would come to life with some quirky cafes, chef-owned bistros and funky shops! Worthing could benefit from taking a leaf out of Brighton’s North Lanes policy of only letting the shops to private owners.

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I amused myself by taking photographs of the buskers…

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…whose music contributed to the holiday spirit of this beautiful summery day. Then my eye was caught by a cat lady…

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…who was publicizing the “Kitty in the City” Cat Rescue Brighton www.kittyinthecity.org.uk , and organisation of volunteers which rescues and cares for abandoned cats.

I headed down a side-street, tempted by some signs…

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…and did find a few wonderful shops…

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…and then I dodged the bicycles, baby strollers and pensioners training for Formula One in their automated buggies and headed past the flower-filled front gardens of beachfront houses…

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…to the beach.

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Rocky, yes. But virtually deserted. And quite beautiful.

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I wandered along the sidewalk…

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past the Lido with its fairground attractions…

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…past the ice cream stands…

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…and the sweet shops…

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…and walked past the Pavilion (where old school entertainers and Latin Dancing still find a home)…

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…and headed onto the Pier…

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…admiring the Art Deco buildings gleaming in the sunshine.

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There were some boys fishing…

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…and some lovers pondering…

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…and sun worshippers sun worshipping.

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The only sounds were the waves rushing over the rocky beach and the gulls crying out for food. I stood on the boardwalk and took in the beauty of the day.

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