I HAD to smile when I read the letter from Brian Rowlands (HAS, Sept 3) relating to the publishing of tide times claiming that, “there can surely only be a few hundred or less people interested in this information”.

It just so happened that I was reading The Echo before my wife and I set off to walk along the coastline from Runswick Bay to Staithes.

We had waited several weeks for a suitable spring tide that would give us the opportunity to undertake this three mile walk along the exposed shoreline in the afternoon sunshine.

Whilst you may not need to worry about the tide times in Spennymoor, Mr Rowlands, I can assure you that they are compulsive reading for many people living near to the coast, not just fishermen and sailors.

I regularly walk along the inter-tidal beach below Huntcliff and I meet many holiday makers, dog walkers, fossil collectors, bird watchers and winkle pickers all taking the opportunity to explore the foreshore at low tide.

I only wish that more people understood the importance of studying tide tables before venturing onto the beach.

All too often for some people what starts off as a sunny day spent playing on the sands is the prelude to an air sea rescue helicopter flying down the coast or the RNLI launching boats to rescue them when they become trapped below the cliffs along our coastline.

Peter Birch, Saltburn-by-the-Sea