Saturday, 30 August 2014

Win a FREE Meal For Two at Scarborough’s Multi-Award Winning Eat Me Cafe.

This month, the hugely popular, multi-award winning Eat Me Cafe are giving readers of Scarborough UK the chance to WIN a Delicious Meal for Two.

Named the 'Best Cafe in the UK' by The Good Food Guide, the folks at Eat Me are truly passionate about food!

Menus feature a wide range of classic English dishes, many of which have an Asian twist, as well as a sprinkling of food from around the world.

Foodies will also be pleased to know that portions are most definitely Yorkshire sized and, where possible, all ingredients are locally sourced.

Enter Now!

To enter this fab competition all you need to do is complete the form below and agree to receive emails from Scarborough UK & Eat Me Cafe.
The competition closes at midnight on Friday 12 September, after which one lucky winner will drawn at random from all qualifying entries. The winner will be announced on the Scarborough UK social channels, so keep your eyes peeled.

Can’t wait to see if you've won? We don’t blame you! Get down to Eat Me Cafe today and sample their delightful dishes for yourself.

You can find them at 1 Hanover Road, Scarborough, YO11 1LS or by visiting their website at

Terms & Conditions

Prize details: A meal for two at Eat Me Cafe up to a maximum value of £30 including drinks. Prize is subject to availability and must be booked in advance by telephone.

Employees and contractors (and their respective families) of Scarborough UK and Eat Me Cafe (including any group companies) are not eligible to enter. No responsibility is accepted for entries which are lost, corrupted and incomplete or for any failure to capture entry information. Entrants are required to meet the Entry Criteria but otherwise no other purchase is necessary. It is the responsibility of entrants to notify the promoter of any change of contact details. Proof of identity may be required. Use of false details will result in disqualification. The entry must be made by the person entering the competition – entries sent through third parties, agencies or by automated means (such as scripts and macros) will not be accepted. The promoter will have the right to publicly disclose the name of the winner(s) and their city/town of residence. The promoter does not endorse any Prize supplied by a third party nor does it endorse the third party supplier. The Prize will only be delivered to addresses within the UK. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied by any third party connected with this competition. The promoter reserves the right to provide a substitute prize of similar value should the need arise. The payment of all costs and expenses involved in claiming a Prize are the responsibility of the winner(s). If the potential winner cannot be contacted or the Prize notification is returned or is undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits all rights to any Prize, and an alternate winner may be selected. An unclaimed Prize may not be awarded. The Prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Entry implies acceptance of these terms and conditions as final and binding. Entries which are not in accordance with the terms and conditions will be disqualified. Any omission to exercise, or delay in exercising, any right or remedy under these terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver by the promoter of that, or any other, right or remedy. The promoter reserves the right to suspend, cancel or modify the prize draw at any time (and for any reason) without notice. The promoter shall not be responsible for damages, losses or liabilities of any kind, including without limitation, direct, indirect or consequential loss or damages arising out of or in relation to the prize draw. Nothing in this condition shall limit or exclude liability for death or personal injury as a result of the promoter's negligence. The promoter's decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize draw will be governed by English law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Scarborough Bar To Host Lap Dancing Nights Despite License Refusal

Chic Bar, formerly known as Tonics on Waterhouse Lane, are planning regular lap dancing nights at the venue, despite a recent license refusal by Scarborough Borough Council.

Lap Dancing Scarborough

Owners of Chic Bar had planned to open a lap dancing club called 'Little Black Book' on the first floor of the town center venue, but an application for a Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence (SEV) made in June was refused earlier this week.

The application was unanimously turned down by Scarborough Borough Council Licensing Authority, who cited the layout and character of the premises as being 'inappropriate for use as a SEV as set out in the application'.

A lack of central facilities for dancers was one of the main reasons for the application hitting the buffers, with dancers expected to move around the building via areas open to members of the public.

Other reasons included lack of a staff smoking area, which would have seen dancers having to stand with the public in the alleyway outside the premises to smoke, and the inappropriate location of toilets, which could have resulted in customers having to leave the premises in order to re-enter the premises on the ground floor.

Committee members also believed that the layout of the bar would result in difficulty managing numbers inside and outside the premises, as well as the risk of the public having access to dancers outside the premises.

On top of the issues raised by the committee, 99 objections were also made by members of the public. The majority of these objections however did not meet any statutory grounds for refusal under the formal licensing process and therefore had no bearing on the final decision.

Despite the SEV application failure, owners of Chic Bar remain undeterred and instead plan to forge ahead with monthly lap dancing nights anyway, thanks to an apparent loophole in licencing laws.

Bars, pubs or clubs it seems, can have strippers or lap dancers on their premises without the need for a sex entertainment licence at all. The only restrictions being that the premises can only have a maximum of 11 such events within a 12 month period, each a minimum of 30 days apart.

With this knowledge Chic Bar have publicised their first lap dancing night, set to take place on Saturday 6th September, on their Facebook page saying: "I can still put on 11 events a year without the licence they wont stop me".

As well as lap dancing, Chic Bar have also hosted several other theme nights recently including a Norther Soul night, featuring soul music from the 60's & 70's and a singles night.

Image credit: bass_nroll on Flickr

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

'Something By The Sea' - Free Scarborough Music Festival - Full Line-Up

Something By The Sea Festival

Today is 'Something By The Sea' - the musical offspring of last year's Westival.

This new incarnation of the what turned out to be a hugely successful event is set to be bigger and better than its predecessor offering 10 hours of live music, local stalls, food and family entertainment. What's more, it's completely free!

The event kicks off at 2pm this afternoon at the University of Hull Scarborough Campus, so get yourself there or you'll miss all this...

Main Stage

  • 14:00 – Crush & The Mighty Rhythm
  • 14:45 – Organized K-HoS
  • 15:30 – Seaside Uke Strummers
  • 16:15 – Aftermath
  • 17:00 – Rockin' Hill Billy Blues Band
  • 17:45 – Nocturnal Dictionary
  • 18:30 – The Vasolaters
  • 19:30 – Sofa Junkies
  • 20:15 – The Demimondaines
  • 21:30 – The Guys from Bulldozer (DJ Set)
  • 00:00 - Close

Acoustic Area (Turns into main stage from 22:00)

  • 14:00 – Earplugs & Whiskey
  • 14:45 – Dan & Adam
  • 15:30 – Simon M Muir
  • 16:15 – Sam Ech
  • 17:00 – Everyone Loves Ernie
  • 17:45 – Jez Echevarria
  • 18:30 – Joe Solo
  • 19:15 – Dave Ech
  • 20:00 – Ricky O'Cain
  • 21:30 – Ben Parcell
  • 22:15 – Ash Gray
  • 23:15 – Danny Landau
  • 00:00 - Close

Something By The Sea Festival Poster

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Friday, 1 August 2014

"Those Who Feed Seagulls Should Be Fined" Says Councillor

In an article published on ITV's Calendar website Scarborough Councillor Andrew Jenkinson is quoted as saying that seagulls are causing havoc in the town and that  those who feed them should be fined.

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Although Cllr Jenkinson believes fines would be a good idea, he admits that enforcing such a law would be difficult.

Cllr Jenkinson said: "The problem is getting worse. People do not realise just how bad it is, they are ruining the town. But fining people would be difficult. It's driving people away and we do not want to do that. They scavenge the bins all year round."

Local traders have also expressed their concern at the birds dive bombing potential customers any some have even suggested the birds should be culled.

The local council used to control the population of roof-nesting herring gulls, but the RSPB says a cull should only be carried out "as a last resort."
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VIDEO: Prince Charles Pays Secret Visit to GCHQ Scarborough

Scarborough welcomed a royal visitor this week as The Prince of Wales dropped in at GCHQ satellite ground station.

Prince Charles at GCHQ Scarborough
Prince Charles at GCHQ Scarborough

GCHQ Scarborough is the world's oldest existing intercept station and is located n the outskirts of Scarborough, at Irton Moor.

An outstation of the main GCHQ site in Cheltenham, the site employs over 200 people. In existence since 1943 the station played a key role in tracking the famous German battleship the Bismarck during World War II.

Prince Charles' visit was in recognition the centenary of the station first collecting signals intelligence.

The prince, who is patron of the intelligence services, took time to chat with people who work at the station and learn about some of the site's 100-year history, including a World War Two Enigma machine.

The history of the original station dates back to 1912 when the Royal Navy established a Wireless Telegraphy station in the Scarborough area.

Today GCHQ Scarborough helps law enforcement agencies prevent terrorism and organized crime and normally operates under strict secrecy.

VIDEO: Prince Charles Visits GCHQ Scarborough

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Free Family Shows Return to Open Air Theatre This Month

Scarborough's Open Air Theatre welcomes back free summer shows this week, with acts for all the family to enjoy.

scarborough open air theatre

Billed the ‘Festival of Fun’ the free family shows have been organised by Tony Peers Productions and will feature some of the best entertainers from around Scarborough every Tuesday and Thursday until 28 August.

The fun starts at 1.30pm with face painting and a grand parade of cast and characters before the show kicks off at 2pm until 4pm.

Tuesdays show will star unicycling boys Double Trouble, Julie Hatton School of Performing Arts, excerpts from the Scarborough Spa Summer show, 14 year old soprano Emmie Beckitt, singer Dean Stansby and pirate show ‘Captain Crackers and the Treasure Map’.

Thursdays show will feature Magic Mike, singer James Aconley, Twilight Productions, Cameron Dunnington and vocalist Louise Willoughby. On 14, 21 and 28 August there will also be appearances by Connor Lawlor and Nathen Walters.

The Open Air Theatre will also play host to bouts of American wrestling on 6, 15, 20 and 27 August at 1pm, where ‘good guys’ will compete with ‘baddies’ to entertain the audiences.
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Fake ID Scanners Join Breathalysers in Campaign To 'Improve The Safety of Scarborough’s Night Life'

Earlier this week, we reported on how breathalysers were being trialed in Scarborough, to help door staff at some of the resorts most popular bars make a more informed decision about whether individuals should be allowed entry.

Starting tonight door staff at Bar 2B, The Barbican, Blue Lounge, Bar Hush, Quids Inn and Vivas will now be checking ID's too with special high-tec scanners designed to spot fake documents.

Just like the 'Alcoblow' breathalysers, the ID scanners part of new initiatives aimed at tackling alcohol-related issues in the town following the council’s successful bid to secure Local Alcohol Action Area status for the area.

Over the next 6 months the scanners will be deployed at Bar 2B, The Barbican, Blue Lounge, Bar Hush, Quids Inn and Vivas. Door staff will simply scan the IDs using the scanners and will see a cross on a the screen of the device if the ID is fake.

As well as spotting fake IDs the machines will also detect that the person with the ID is the legitimate holder, alert staff if the same ID is used twice by different people and  prevent those previously barred from gaining entry to premises they are banned from.

As with the 'Alcoblow' breathalysers, new scanners have been funded by the Safer Communities Partnership and have been welcomed by licensees taking part in the trail. They say it will help them detect fake IDs, prevent under-age drinking, enforce pub bans and make their premises safer for the majority of customers.

Following an initial one month grace period the scanners will be compulsory for anyone who looks under 30 if they want to get into the premises. The scanners will accept several different forms of ID include driver’s licence, passport, or nationally-recognised proof of age card and are operated under strict data protection legislation.

Alongside the scanners will be fingerprint recognition software, which will mean returning customers will only need to have their age verified the first time they visit a premises if they give permission for their fingerprints to be scanned.

Lee Knaggs, Designated Supervisor from Barbican, said:

“It’s good to see the police and council working together with licensees to improve the safety and enjoyment of the Scarborough night life. The scanners are commonplace in a growing number of big towns and cities in the UK and the evidence suggests they are an effective tool to help tackle under-age drinking and disorder and help keep people safe."

“Door staff will be able to tell instantly if a person is using a fake ID or if someone has been ejected from other premises earlier on in the night for causing trouble and whether someone has been banned from licensed premises as part of the Pub Watch scheme, bail conditions or an ASBO."

“The information may also be used by police if they’re investigating an incident, which, importantly for victims of crime, makes it more likely an offender will be brought to justice.”

The scheme supports Scarborough Borough Council’s licensing objectives and as well as improving the safety of Scarborough’s night life, it is intended to improve the night time economy of the town.
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