Brigg writer, poet and broadcaster John Osborne has published a new book ‘Don’t Need the Sunshine’ - a journey in search of the British seaside.
The idea for the book came from his childhood memories.
“Scarborough was somewhere we visited regularly when I was growing up,” said Osborne.
“My sister suffered with travel sickness, and my Dad knew that anywhere further than an hour’s drive from home would jeopardise the upholstery of our Volkswagen Polo.
“Most of us will have fond childhood memories of holidaying at the seaside, but with the lure of cheap flights and package holidays abroad, has it become the last resort?”
John describes his feelings of how, grown up, he sees his friends jet off for a lads’ holiday, and with his sister living abroad, he finds himself lacking the funds and inclination for two weeks in the sun.
Full of nostalgia for his childhood holidays, he decides to spend a year touring our once popular and lesser-known resorts, to rediscover Britain’s holidaying past and rekindle his love affair with the seaside.
Starting in Scarborough, he works his way around the coast of Britain, meeting an array of characters, who help him answer the questions he’s always wanted to ask.
Is it possible to walk away with a profit on the 2p arcade machines? Do lighthouse keepers really have sou’westers and full beards? What is the future of our seaside towns?
He also meets those tirelessly campaigning to save our seasides – from the Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes and Butlins in Skegness, to arcades in Great Yarmouth and lidos in Brighton.
‘Don’t Need the Sunshine’ will reawaken the romance of the Great British seaside, and perhaps encourage some to step away from the airport lounge and head down to their local beach.
Sir John Nelthorpe School and Brigg Sixth Form educated Osborne is a member of poetry collective Aisle16, who run the monthly literary night ‘Homework’ in Bethnal Green.
He regularly performs at festivals, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Port Eliot and Green Man.
His first solo show ‘John Peel’s Shed’ was a complete sell out at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival.
A nationwide tour followed and the show was adapted for broadcast on Radio 4.