Author’s praise for ‘inspirational’ town

FILEY’S rich heritage and beauty feature in a new book charting the town’s famous history.

The Edge of Heaven, by Dame Margaret Drabble, praises Filey for its fantastic landscape and sublime scenery.

The book said: “My childhood memories of Filey have a peculiar intensity, for this is a place that imprints itself deeply on the heart’s affections.

“The sea comes and goes, the waves break against majestically curved sea wall and the seascape seems immortal.

“The modest spirit of Filey has resisted erosion and invasion.

“I remember treats of yesteryear - ice creams on the beach, the decisions between cones and wafers, the occasional disappointment of candyfloss.

“To Charlotte Bronte, it proved a haven, a refuge and a consolation following the death of her sister Anne in 1849.

“The sea, the sands and Filey Brigg are more than pleasant, they are sublime.

“One of the best seaside walks in Britain must be the walk from Coble Landing, past the Lifeboat House, past the bathing huts, the little cafe on the cliff and along the beach to the Brigg.

“Filey and its imagery have been a continuing inspiration, a constant point of reference.

“It still features in my dreams, an archetype of oceanic eternity.”