Whitley Bay is steeped in history. It started as a basic seaside resort, which at its peak saw train loads of people flocking to town for their holidays. But time waits for no man, nor town, and toward the end of the last century, Whitley Bay sadly became known more for the buildings it was losing to mass demolition schemes, than the wonderful seaside place it used to be. In his second book on the town, local journalist and author John Alexander, shows Whitley Bay from its early days, right up to the present. You will be amazed at what has been lost over the years due to so-called modernisation. With over 400 pictures, "Whitley Bay: Past and Present", is sure to be a hit with locals and tourists alike and will become a book that you will treasure and hand down through the generations.
JOHN ALEXANDER was born in April 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne. After numerous jobs, and a successful spell in further education, John finally found his place in the media. He entered journalism in the late 1980s, but didn't get his real big break until 1999, when his first book, Tynemouth and cullercoats was published. He has several books to his credit, and has written for The Journal, Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun, as well as contributing to publications both nationally and on the internet.