Ruined walk

Thanks a bunch to the philistines of the recent harbour works for ruining a good walk.

Formerly you could stroll out onto the west pier in the gloaming and admire the lovely 19th-century sandstone lighthouse rearing up before you in the luminous gloom like the last sentinel before the void.

Now it’s like walking into a bad Christmas tree.

Please reassure us all that the new flashing beacons on these historic monuments will go some way towards reducing the tiresome incidence of ships missing the harbour entrance and piling up on Battery Parade.

Dr Ian Clark, Normanby Terrace, Whitby by email