Opportunity was missed at carnival

The revived Whitley Bay carnival procession and performances put a spring in everybody’s step and there was a definite feel-good factor around the Dome area on the Bank Holiday Monday.

A new age dawns for the town? We all hope so.

Only one cultural institution seemed not to respond.

Anyone trying to get into the downstairs bar area of Whitley Bay Playhouse found their way blocked. This is as par for the course.

Unless you have a ticket for any specific performance you may as well try to get into Fort Knox.

If there is no performance the building is dark and locked.

What a wasted opportunity for visitors to the town to relax with a coffee, have a look round this newish asset and maybe even be tempted to buy tickets?

It’s no-go area and a bad advertisement for Whitley Bay.

Peter Mortimer