West Sands 1
This is the beach where the famous opening scene was filmed for the 1981 Chariots of Fire movie: West Sands in St Andrews, Scotland
There is still a plaque here, commemorating the film. West Sands was used to portray Broadstairs in Kent, where the runners actually ran.
West Sands 2 Plaque
It’s a lovely stretch of wild sandy beach and on the day we went, fairly deserted. It was late July and though not raining, there was a strong breeze, which I think there always is!
West Sands 3
There were many birds in this small river inlet to the sea; mostly seagulls, but also a few dark birds.
West Sands 4
It’s hard to see exactly what they are, but some of the dark birds had white on them.
As I’ve mentioned before, my little Canon camera really battles to take a clear picture in dim lighting; the photo is grainy and pixelated.
West Sands 5
And just to prove I was here; here I am – wind-swept and freezing!
Instead of the well-known opening clip from the Chariots of Fire movie, with the lads jogging along the beach (also looking wind-swept and freezing!) here’s the comedic genius of Rowan Atkinson showing them a thing or two at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
After being blown to bits on the beach (which I find refreshing; plenty of oxygen!) we went for sustenance at a lovely little hidden away cafe and had the best scones ever!
There was a choice of the most delicious fillings such as fresh fruit, all with great names, like the Prince of Wales etc
I just had a plain one, with butter, jam and clotted cream, but it was scrumptious and basically, that was my lunch!