Saltburn's Victorian town celebrates its 150th birthday

Saltburn pier and cliff lift Saltburn has the oldest remaining water-powered cliff lift in Britain

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Saltburn in Cleveland is celebrating its 150th birthday this week - and it is very much the Victorian seaside town it was built to be in 1861.

The town was founded by Darlington entrepreneur Henry Pease, who had a vision to create a seaside resort.

Now famous for its sea, surf and black sands, its preserved history is complete with the oldest remaining water-powered cliff lift in Britain.

Local historian Paul Menzies describes it as "a Beamish on sea".

Although some of its old gems like the Halfpenny Bridge have been lost, it is still a piece of real Victorian history.

Mr Menzies said: "It was one of the prime examples of Victorian entrepreneurship and I feel like I'm in a time warp, because it could be 1861 right now.

"Like all Victorian towns and buildings, they got to that period where they were looking tired and needed an awful lot of maintenance.

"Thanks to the various societies, the Friends of Saltburn Pier and so on, a lot of things have been saved.

Surfers on beach The seaside resort is now very popular with surfers

"Unfortunately the very famous Halfpenny Bridge wasn't and that was demolished in 1974, but everything else is intact and that's what makes this such a wonderful example - it's a Beamish on sea."

One of Saltburn's most famous attractions is its 120ft (37m) cliff lift, opened on 28 June 1884, which goes from the top of the cliff down to Saltburn Pier.

Saltburn has come a long way in 150 years and it is now seen as a popular holiday destination.

Middlesbrough MP Tom Blenkinsop said: "Saltburn's where I live, it's been my home for the last five years but we've always been in and around Saltburn since I was a kid, I remember coming here with my mum and dad.

"It's a great place to come, it's getting lots of recognition now for being a great holiday destination and it's got a fantastic community."

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