New Brighton seems sad these days, a far cry from its Saturday shopping heyday. We thought to walk along the beachfront, but the wind deterred us. Today it was the southerly, rather than the beastly easterly. There are a few good shops, e.g. Marshall’s Health Shop, but many are empty and many others offer little that is appealing.
Locals are making an effort with features like this attractive mural, but it all seems too hard. A large injection of capital is required, and that’s unlikely when so many areas of the city need help. The threat of global warming is hardly positive for seaside suburbs either.
We were intrigued by the notice on one shop window.
Apparently the owners are keen hot rodders, so the place is closed when there’s an opportunity to go elsewhere and race. Somehow this seems symbolic of the whole area. On a calm warm day New Brighton beach is attractive, but much more is needed to restore it to its former glory.
“It’s sad to see it so run down
when once it was a thriving town.”