Chernobyl children enjoy seaside trip

The children's visit to Bridlington included fish and chips, fairground rides and a walk on the beach.
The children's visit to Bridlington included fish and chips, fairground rides and a walk on the beach.

A group of children visiting Britain from Belarus had their first sight of the sea at Bridlington.

Sheffield-based charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line raise funds throughout the year to bring children between the ages of 10 and 12 to the UK for respite holidays from contaminated areas still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Chernobyl children in Bridlington

Chernobyl children in Bridlington

Volunteer Suzannah Torry said: “As well as giving the children a holiday in an uncontaminated area, we also arrange for the children to take part in fun activities that their families would not be able to afford, due to them living in poverty.

“One of the main wishes of the children when they are asked what they would like to do in the UK is see the sea, so we always choose Bridlington to visit.

“The children love it and we get amazing support from the people and businesses in Bridlington. We always make sure the children get to sample traditional English fish and chips and James at Audrey’s is always more than happy to accommodate us - supplying all the children’s meals free of charge.

“Later in the day we head to Bayside, where again every year we are greeted with open arms by Julie and all her staff allowing the children and the accompanying ‘big kids’ go on the rides.

“As a youngster I always used to holiday in Bridlington and I have some family that live in Brid too. I always known it be a fantastic, generous place and every year when I visit with the children I get reminded of what a great place it is to be.”