Leeds nostalgia: 100-year-old bucket and spade

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If you’re heading to the beach this summer, an essential item on your seaside checklist is sure to be a bucket and spade.

And as this charming vintage set shows, sandcastle-building and beachcombing are popular seasonal traditions which stretch back generations.

At more than a century old, the two spades and their accompanying bucket would have been taken to the coast by Victorian children and their families.

On display at Leeds City Museum as part of the For All Seasons exhibition, they are one of a number of items illustrating how leisure activities are influenced by the changing seasons.

Ruth Martin, Leeds City Museum’s curator of exhibitions, said: “Most of us will have taken a bucket and spade to the seaside when we were children and we all have our own memories of sunny days at the beach with friends and family.

“That in itself speaks volumes about the influence that the changing seasons have on our lives.”

For All Seasons, which is free, can be found in the museum’s special exhibitions gallery and explores how the changing seasons shape the world around us.

Councillor Brian Selby, Leeds City Council’s lead member for museums and galleries, said:

“The power which the changing seasons have to influence every facet of our lives is perfectly illustrated by the sheer scope and variety of objects on display in this exhibition.”

For All Seasons runs until August 28.

For more details visit: www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

Aerial pic of the site where Holbeck Hall once stood before slipping into the sea. See Ross Parry copy RPYSLIP : Large cracks have appeared on a seaside promenade close to where a hotel toppled into the sea over 20 years ago. A patch of land overlooking Scarborough's famous Spa conference centre has been fenced off and monitored by council workers in a bid to prevent parts of the Esplanade falling into the sea. A landslip in the North Yorkshire town in 1993 saw the historic wood-pannelled Holbeck Hall hotel tumble into the sea. Scarborough Borough Council has committed �1.87 million to protect land above the Spa in a bid to stablise the slopes behind the Spa as well as maintenance to the sea wall to stop "significant defects" and a plan to prevent "wave overtopping and landsliding".  It comes as part of an overall �14 million plan funded by the Environment Agency and North Yorkshire County Council.

Yorkshire nostalgia: Scarborough hotel destroyed by landslide in 1993