Favourite coastal sound in the UK revealed

 The polls are in and the winner has finally been revealed; the alluring and peaceful noise of waves gently lapping and breaking on a beach has been crowned with the top spot for the UK’s favourite coastal sound. The sound of the waves at Trwyn Llanbedrog, found in North Wales, beat off stiff competition from recordings of children playing, the ghost train ride at Brighton pier, seals calling, seagulls, birds nesting, and Mersey ferries in the fog and to achieve 35% of the votes in the poll. Over 1,600 people took the time to vote in the online poll in order to choose their favourite from the 10 coastal sounds recorded in various locations around the country, in conjunction with the “sounds of our shores” project run collectively by the National Trust, British Library and National Trust for Scotland. We previously reported on the initiative in August. Things don’t stop with the poll, as the recordings are also set to be used in order to create a new piece of coastal-inspired music, by none other than Martyn Ware of renowned band Human League and Heaven 17. In excess of 550 sounds from various locations around the UK have been submitted up to now, and of these 550 an astounding 50,000 listens have been totted up.Adam Long, from Sheffield, is a photographer who managed to find himself recording the winning sound at Trwyn Llanbedrog. When asked about it, he said: “I’ve been visiting this corner of North Wales several times a year since I was a small boy, and so it feels like a home from home. “The recording was made at a spot which is a favourite for an evening walk, and was made in spring before the summer crowds. Laura Hughes, National Trust coast and development ranger in North Wales, added that the winning sound was recorded at an “absolutely fantastic spot” on the south coast of the Llyn Peninsula a place loved by both visitors and the local residents alike. So if you’ve come here to check out some Prestatyn caravan sales then why not take the time to go and experience the award—winning sound yourself? Image: Dave Croker under Creative Commons Licence.

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