Visitors to Saltburn baffled by mum’s comments that ‘eerie’ feeling left her ‘freaked out’

Visitors to the beautiful seaside town of Saltburn have been left baffled after one mum branded it ‘eerie’.

Those who had travelled to spend the day in the North Yorkshire town were in total disagreement with the suggestion, reports Yorkshire Live.

Writing on an online forum, the mum had wrote: “The place was so eerie, I was actually freaked out on the pier and had to run off it. I actually managed to sleep at night but I honestly didn’t think I would.

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“The cottage was surrounded by cliffs and there was a Victorian lift and a small morgue by the beach. I’m not sure whether these have anything to do with it.”

Hundreds of people jumped to the defence of a seaside town online, praising it’s attractions and Victorian charm.

People enjoying a day out were also confused by the comments.

Lynda Evans and Mick Beadle, who got engaged on the 200 metre long pier on Boxing Day 2020, have nothing but positive memories there.

Lynda said: “It’s lovely. It’s our favourite place.”

The couple travel from Stockton once a week just to take a stroll along the pier and take in the sights and sounds of the popular town.

Mick said: “We’ve always loved the place. It was where we had our first date so it was only natural that I proposed here.”

Asked if they have ever felt anything unsettling in the town, Lynda said: “Not at all. The opposite – it’s always warm and sunny and bright. It’s lovely seeing all the surfers and kids playing.”

Rose Guiver and Wayne Whiteside
Rose Guiver and Wayne Whiteside

Rose Guiver and Wayne Whiteside had also got the train down for the day and were taking a rest on a bench after walking around the town.

Rose said she had read the story about the eerie feeling people had got, saying: “I didn’t understand that at all. When we got out of the station there was a cold feeling in the air from being by the sea so maybe it was something to do with that?

“I can only imagine it was a bit misty or something?

“I don’t understand the eerie-ness because we feel really at home with the place.”

Wayne added: “Whitby has got that Dracula thing and mysticism side to it but Saltburn not so much.”

Mark Lee
Mark Lee

Mark Lee had taken a minute to himself to look out from the pier after leaving his kids at the arcade but was kind enough to speak to us after we interrupted his moment of peace.

After we asked him whether he’d found the place at all eerie, he almost burst out laughing, saying: “It looks like it’s been here a while but it seems alright to me. It’s nice and peaceful out here. I don’t find anything eerie about it.”

Mother and daughter Talia Spinley and Denise Hutchinson travelled from Lincolnshire and Cheshire respectively to spend some time together and do some walking in the North York Moors.

Talia said: “I love the whole of the Yorkshire coastline. I would move here in a shot if I could.”

She said she loved that Saltburn had kept the traditional facades of the buildings along the promenade, saying it was “tasteful”.

The two were also taken aback at the suggestion that the town had an eerie quality, but pointed to the Springer/Poodle that they had brought along with them, saying: “He’s a bit disconcerted because he wants to jump in to the sea.

“But we’ve had no paranormal sensations ourselves.”

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