Mooching round Maryport

In which I find an unexpected and economical solution to the tv problem….
My quest that day was to go in search of a new tv so the fact that it was another grey and cloudy morning didn’t really matter. Just like my previous tv the current one came from Tesco four years ago – one of their own brand – and I’d always been happy with it so Tesco in Workington was my first port of call. Now this place calls itself a Superstore but in reality it’s not that big – you could put it in one corner of my own local store – and it didn’t seem to have an electrical department so I had to have a rethink. I knew from my previous holiday that there was a Currys/PC World not far away so I decided to try there and was so glad I did.
Unfortunately the cheapest set they had was £179, far more than I was willing to pay just for a small bedroom tv I could also use when camping, however the very helpful assistant suggested a much cheaper alternative in the form of a small HD set top box which would connect to the tv by an HDMI cable, with the aerial plugged into the box instead of the tv itself. Now not being technically minded it took a minute or two to get my head round this, also I couldn’t believe the solution to my problem was so simple, but at £35 compared to the cost of a new tv it was a no-brainer so I bought one there and then.
Driving back to the site from Workington took me through Maryport so I decided to stop off there for a mooch round and to give the dogs a decent walk. The road past the harbour and marina ended in a rough surfaced car park close to the beach and backed by a long sea wall at the top of a grassy slope, where the overgrown ruins of the old harbour master’s house stood on the corner. A pavement of rough sandstone slabs ran for quite a distance along the top of the slope so I walked to where it ended, took a shot of the view back towards Workington then retraced my steps and went down to the roadway.
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At the entrance to the harbour was the old lighthouse, an octagonal cast iron tower on a single storey stone base, built in 1846 and almost 36ft tall. Thought to be one of the first of its type built in the UK it’s possibly one of the world’s oldest cast iron lighthouses. It was deactivated in 1996 after a smaller, 15ft high aluminium square tower powered by electricity was built at the end of the pier.
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Needing to find a cash machine I drove back to the other side of the harbour, parked near the aquarium and took a wander into the town centre – what there is of it – where I found a couple of bits of street art. The multi-coloured sweets were actually part of a window covering inside a shop but I liked their bright colours enough to take a photo.
Just to one side of the harbourside bridge over the River Ellen was A Fishy Tale, a sculpture of fishermen created by Colin Telfer, a local artist whose workshop is in the town centre. The sculpture was created using a unique process of bonding haematite iron ore from Florence Mine, Egremont, with resin and Telfer is the first artist to use iron ore in sculpture.
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Although there were other photos I wanted to take there was no sign of any sunshine anywhere so I decided to call it a day and return to the camp site. Back at the tent the first thing I did was connect the new set top box to the tv and tune it in and I was really pleased when it found more channels than I’d had previously. So the problem of the broken aerial connection was well and truly solved without the purchase of a new tv and thanks to the very helpful Keaton at Currys/PC World, Workington, I was a very happy little bunny.

18 thoughts on “Mooching round Maryport

  1. The store assistant was very helpful and it always pays to ask so a good result for you. I really like the Fishy Tale sculpture and it’s made a cracking photo with the addition of a young seagull perched on top of the man’s head 🙂

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    1. I didn’t really want the seagull there but it wasn’t for moving – I actually think it’s quite cute now 🙂 The store assistant was exceptionally helpful, better than the ones in my local branch : )

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  2. I’m glad you found a solution to your TV problem without having to resort to a much larger spend. I find customer service lacking in many stores these days so it makes a change when you find someone so helpful.

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    1. I find store assistants themselves are few and far between in my local PC World and when you do manage to find one they seem to walk away and look ‘busy’ when they see you approaching. This young man was really helpful in suggesting a solution to my problem 🙂

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  3. I’m glad you found the harbour/marina area – it’s a nice place to waste an hour or so watching people coming and going. Like most of the towns along this coast Maryport struggles – ageing population, lack of employment, economic problems, but it refuses to give up!

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    1. I went round the harbour area a couple of years ago Jayne so I knew what was there. I really wanted to get some nice boat shots but the weather was just too dull. Quite coincidentally, the company where I have my morning job once did some of the information signs around the harbour area.

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    1. Neither had I until the assistant suggested it. The set top box is only a very small thing about 4ins square so takes up no space at all on my unit so it was a really good solution 🙂

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  4. The assistant sounds brilliant . Selling used to be a real skill, I loved retail work but by and large all that has gone. Hurrah for the help you got. Love the sculpture.

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    1. The assistant was really helpful, if he hadn’t told me about the set top box I would probably have waited until I got home then ordered another tv from somewhere. The money I saved on the price of a new set was almost the cost of ten days site fees 🙂

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  5. An excellent solution. I have been watching a tv that has a blacked (or sometimes reddened) out line of pixels down one side for perhaps two years. I find I can ignore it rather well. 🙂 Love the cast iron lighthouse.

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  6. I think your tv would drive me nuts, I’d have to do something about it as I wouldn’t be able to ignore something like that. I like the lighthouse too, I think it’s quite unusual 🙂

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  7. The town centre itself isn’t brilliant but the harbour and marina areas are lovely, it’s just a shame it was too dull to take any decent photos. There’s always another time though 🙂

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  8. I’m so glad you managed to sort out your T.V. I must admit, I winced a little at the price even a small new one could have cost you.
    I like the harbour-side sculpture. X

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    1. The solution to the tv problem was certainly a much cheaper option. I’m glad I didn’t have to get a new set, though I wouldn’t have paid that price anyway.

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  9. I liked Maryport when I went through. Not just the harbour but the town itself. Maybe I was just in a remarkably good mood at the time, cos you’re right, there’s not much there!

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  10. I just love it when I can save money and end up with a better solution!! I love your photos. I love going to the ocean and I should do more of it!!

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