I visited both Tynemouth and Whitley Bay (I'm from London) this weekend and was shocked at the difference between them. The latter seemed to be buzzing and full of life with interesting shops and things to do, whereas Whitley Bay seemed practically deserted and very sad looking/closed shops/awful arcades. However it has a lovely lighthouse and clearly was once a great place to visit, with what looked like a closed-down pleasure beach/thing called the Spanish City. Come on local council spend money on this place! If people are visiting Tynemouth they shouldn't need too much encouragement to come up the road and spend there too, but it needs serious work.