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The children had a whale of a time on Filey beach

The sighting of a monster from the deep on a school trip to the seaside proved to be a pivotal moment in Steve Eddison’s teaching career

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Today I noticed, with not a small amount of alarm that lots of primary-aged children were being inadequately supervised on the beach. Some were burying their siblings in the sand, while others were running squealing into the sea. A few were shivering violently in an effort to maintain core body temperature. “That boy needs wrapping in a towel,” I told Mrs Eddison, who, in turn, reminded me that he was not my responsibility.

We were strolling along the shore at Filey (south of Scarborough) towards a narrow strip of rock that juts into the sea to form the northern tip of Filey Bay. This rock is ...

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