What happened to Mr Nicholls?

Horse&Carriage
Horse&Carriage

WHAT happened to Mr Nicholls?

That is what Bridlington poet and writer Anne Mullender would like to know.

Anne Mulender pictured with her book'Speading my Wings'PA1052-3

Anne Mulender pictured with her book'Speading my Wings'PA1052-3

Ed Nicholls and his Palomino horse Henry was once a familiar site on the streets of Bridlington.

From his regular spot near the harbour, he offered visitors rides along the front and around town.

When he left the area it was, said Anne: “A great loss. They provided a touch of classic elegance to our town.”

A self-confessed fan of Bridlington, Anne, now 71, has visited the resort since childhood and has lived here for the past 18 years after moving from Cherry Burton.

She came across an old photograph of Mr Nicholls and Henry which took her straight back to the days 16 or 17 years ago when he used to wait for fare-paying passengers.

“On my walks I used to stop for a chat with him and pat Henry on the nose,” said Anne, of South Marine Drive.

“We used to have visitors come and stay with us in Bridlington and always took them for a carriage drive around town.”

Anne, who is a member of the Bridlington Writers Group and has two daughters, said: “I think he left Bridlington to take Henry and the carriage to Blackpool, but I am not sure.”

In her recently published complete collection of her poems, Spreading My Wings, she has included a line about her favourite horse and carriage attraction in a piece entitled In Praise of Bridlington.

But what is that she so loves about the resort?

Her affection is rooted in the past and has increased in later years.

Happy family visits as a child from her home town of Otley in West Yorkshire also included staying in Flamborough in the 1940s in a rented wooden chalet on St David Lane.

Dozens of slightly faded black and white photographs of her as a young girl enjoying the beach and seafront fill her albums.

Her husband Colin, from whom she is now separated, also had links with the town. His father who was in the RAF was stationed at the Alexandra Hotel in North Marine Drive, which had been commandeered during the war.

“People sometimes say there is nothing to do in Bridlington, I have not found that to be the case. There is plenty to do if you want to get involved,” said Anne.

After first moving to Bridlington she worked as secretary to the Rural Dean and was closely involved with Emmanuel Church, becoming involved in work on the new building after a fire destroyed the old one.

Her many activities include having been a member of Bridlington Ladies Lifeboat Guild and Ladies Lifeboat Luncheon Club, where she was secretary for several years.

She was also a member of the Bridlington Talking Newspaper group.

Today she is a member of the Townswomen’s Guild and leads a creative writing group for the Bridlington branch of the University of the Third Age.

In addition she is a Friend of Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society at the Spotlight Theatre, in West Street, and a big fan of Bridlington Spa where she attends shows, concerts opera and Ballet.

“I feel so happy here, I just love the place,” she said.

She began writing and got into poetry.

For a taste of her passion for what is now her home town, here is her poem: