Tuesday 13 June 2017
It’s a bit of a shame that the beach at Ryhope is no longer blessed with the sand for which it was once famous.
I remember it being a very sandy beach and very popular on warm Summer days. I also remember that someone was granted a license to extract the sand, I think it may have been the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. I don’t quite know what the thinking was, maybe they thought there was so much of it, that what they removed, would be replaced by Mother Nature. Well it never was and the beach has been more rock than sand ever since.
Some years, it looks as though the sand is returning, but then it disappears again. This year is not a good year and what sand there is, only appears at low tide.