"we spend our time looking in rock pools for crabs and starfish, picking up slimy seaweed to burst the bubbles as we go."
Seaweed on rocks
Creative Commons AttributionSeaweed on rocks - Credit: cyanocorax

The rocks at Newbiggin-by-Sea were a rewarding if sometimes dangerous place to explore. Despite warnings that the shellfish may be contaminated, many people roamed the rocks to collect a form of whelk ('wiliks' they were called locally) which would be taken home, boiled and eaten with a pin. Wiliks had the consistency of thick mucus.