Hull - Life's a beach for retired head

6th August 2010 at 01:00

A retiring headteacher is eschewing the usual activities of gardening and golf, in favour of a grand tour of 1,001 British beaches.

Maria Foxton, 56, head of Hornsea Community Primary School near Hull, is touring the coastlines with her brother Ray, to research a book about them.

"We're going to visit 1,001 off-the-beaten-track beaches, photograph them and find something quirky about each one," she said.

Miss Foxton said it should take a couple of years to complete the book, In Search of Mellon Udrigle - named after a remote beach in north-west Scotland.

The teacher, who spent 35 years at the chalkface, is also hoping to find time for some cultural pursuits. "I have always wanted to play the trumpet," she said. "Our Year 5 and 6 pupils are taught to play but I only had time for one lesson so I'm finally going to learn." IB.

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