With the trip to Newcastle as in the last two blog posts, I also took the opportunity to go and see the newly revamped Spanish City building in Whitley Bay. When I lived in the area in 1980-81 the Spanish City was the home of arcades, bingo etc forming part of the overall site featuring a Corkscrew rollercoaster. It must be said in those years, the Spanish City building was in a poor state and with continued usage was falling to bits. Here is a picture from 2015, the last time I saw it.
And now it looks so much different. The old fun fair is long gone, with houses and a diverted road running through where the Corkscrew rollercoaster was. It has changed a lot as the road used to run in front of the Spanish City. Now there is pleasant landscaping and gardens, So very different. Spanish City has had a multi-million punt revamp and looked pristine in gleaming white and inside it was also renewed. There are no more arcades/amusements inside, there are two restaurants, and the front facing facade is now a collection of more elite shops and a lovely old fashioned cafe/tea room where I sampled a light breakfast.