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Plaque to Celebrate Cliff Hoist

2011 July 28
by Michael Morrisey
Vera Rider and Ken Fellows

Vera Rider, of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council, chats to retired cliff-lift engineer Ken Fellows after officially unveiling a plaque to mark the cliff hoist's life 1870-83. This was succeeded by the water-powered lift, which now carries over 100,000 passengers a year up and down to the beach.

A plaque to mark Saltburn’s cliff-hoist, forerunner of the world-famous cliff-lift, was unveiled by Councillor Vera Rider, chairman of Saltburn, Marske and New Marske Parish Council today.

She told councillors and onlookers that it was the third of four plaques to pinpoint historical areas of the parish. Amongst the people gathered – at the pier end of the cliff-lift yesterday – was Ken Fellows, 71, of Guisborough, who retired as lift engineer after 20 years in 2005.

“The plaque is wonderful. I’m glad the hoist and lift are being recognised,” he said.

The next one to be unveiled will be to remember car and motor-cycle speed records on Saltburn’s sands in the early 20th century. This ceremony will take place at the top of the cliff lift on Saturday September 17 at 10.30am. Members of the public will be welcome.

The four plaques commissioned so far have cost a total of £1,000 and were designed and made by Eddie Guy of SignArt. The other two plaques are at the town’s bandstand and at Winkie’s Castle museum, Marske.

Two others are planned for St Germain’s church tower, Marske, and the site of the former water tower in Upleatham Street, Saltburn. Both are to be put up in 2012.