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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Scarborough Set For Festival Atmosphere to Celebrate Stage One of Tour de Yorkshire

Strictly Cycling Bicycle Ballet Company © Raysto Images


A day of festivities, including a spectacular bicycle ballet, a lifelike animatronic dinosaur and an international class racing powerboat will mark the ending of Stage 1 of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in Scarborough.

The three-stage cycle race, from 1 to 3 May, will feature international names such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Marcel Kittel, who won last year’s hugely successful Grand Départ stage of the Tour de France in the county.

Stage 1, on Friday 1 May, starts in Bridlington at midday, heads over the North York Moors to Whitby, then comes down the coast to finish on Scarborough’s North Bay between 4pm and 4.30pm.

But celebrations in the town will kick off in the morning, with a fairground organ playing at the finish line on the Royal Albert Drive from 9.30am.

Bicycle Ballet’s strolling/cycling promenade-style Strictly Cycling, an exciting ‘cycle-about’ show performed by professional dancers, combines improvisation, choreography and visual performance to play with the everyday experience of riding a bike, adding a hint of the surreal and comical. It can be seen outside the Rotunda at 11am, and on the North Bay at 12.30pm and 2pm.

And T-Rex, a terrifyingly lifelike dinosaur, will be scaring the crowds outside the Rotunda Museum in the afternoon (2.45pm and 3.45pm).

All-day events include a fan park at the Open Air Theatre, with a big screen showing cycling films, and the race live from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and craft and food stalls.

And powerboat racing fans will be able to grab a preview of the Dale Power Solutions P1 Powerboat Grand Prix of the Sea, which takes place in Scarborough on 30 and 31 May, with a powerboat cruising the town’s bay all day.

Other events include:

11am-noon: Friarage School Choir welcoming visitors off the trains at Scarborough Railway Station.

11am-3pm: Music in the town centre (end of Aberdeen Walk), including the Ramshackle Shantymen, Sax on the Beach and the Skyliner Swing Band.

11am-4pm: ‘Pit stop’ book sale at Scarborough Library.

11am-4pm: music from Yorkshire Coast College on the seafront (outside the Futurist, Aquarium Top, and bottom of the St Nicholas Gardens).

11am to late afternoon: live music on an open-topped bus travelling from the South to the North Bay, then parked outside Blue Crush in the afternoon, including Scarborough College Choir, and Sax on the Beach.

Noon-4.30pm: various activities at the Rotunda Museum, including Strictly Cycling at 11am, a cycling sculpture from Graham Anderton, the chance to see a vintage boneshaker and penny farthing, and T-Rex at 2.45pm and 3.45pm.

1-2pm: inclusive cycling – a procession of adapted bikes on the Marine Drive (near Hairy Bob’s Cave).

Evening: Pop-up cinema party at Scarborough Castle: The Hunger Games (12A), doors open 7pm, entertainment from 7.30pm, film starts at dusk (approx 9pm).

Other events include local schools taking part in British Cycling events organised and championed by Richardson’s Cycle Club, Scarborough.

Up to 60 children each from primary schools along the route of Stage 1 – Hunmanby, East Ayton, Hackness and Seamer – will ride timed courses in the morning for fun and to help develop cycling skills. School children and teachers will then go out later in the day to line the route and cheer on the official riders.

At 5.30pm, there is a special ‘Go Ride’ off-road style event for children (under-8s and under-16s) and adult ladies at Oliver’s Mount. All abilities welcome: people must bring their own bikes (cyclo-cross bikes or mountain bikes are fine). The course is on grass with an obstacle or two. Entry fee is £4 per person.

Janet Deacon, Welcome to Yorkshire’s area director for North Yorkshire, said:
"The inaugural Tour de Yorkshire promises to be a remarkable event for the whole county, and we’re thrilled that Stage 1 is going to end in our beautiful town. We’d encourage everyone to come along and support the Tour, and the events around it – it’ll be a day to remember!"
Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire, on 2 May, takes the riders from Selby to York, while Stage 3, on 3 May, sees them ride between Wakefield and Leeds.

For more information on the Tour de Yorkshire: http://letour.yorkshire.com

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

End of a Scarborough Tradition: Could Fish & Chips Soon be a Thing of The Past?

Fish & Chips


Fish & chips could soon be off the menu in Scarborough as the temperature of the North Sea continues to get warmer, new research suggests.

In the last 40 years the North Sea has warmed four times faster than the global average and further warming is predicted over the coming century, which has led scientists to try and predict how this may affect commercial species like haddock, plaice and lemon sole.

Fish distributions are limited by water temperature and some species can only thrive in certain habitats and depths.

Researchers developed a model that combined long-term fisheries datasets and climate model projections from the Met Office to predict the abundance and distribution of the UK's favourite fish over the next 50 years.

The team, including researchers from Exeter and Bristol universities, found that as the North Sea warms some species of fish will have little capacity to move northwards to avoid warming temperatures, as habitat of a suitable depth is not available.

Due to higher temperatures, many of the species studied are predicted to reduce in relative abundance.

Louise Rutterford, a postgraduate researcher at the University of Exeter, said:
"Our study suggests that we will see proportionally less of some of the species we eat most of as they struggle to cope with warming conditions in the North Sea. We provide new insight into how important local depths and associated habitats are to these commercial species. It's something that is not always captured in existing models that predict future fish distributions."
Dr Steve Simpson, also involved with the research, said:
"We will see a real changing of the guard in the next few decades. Our models predict cold water species will be squeezed out, with warmer water fish likely to take their place. For sustainable UK fisheries, we need to move on from haddock and chips and look to Southern Europe for our gastronomic inspiration."
The research, 'Future fish distributions constrained by depth in warming seas' by Louise Rutterford, Stephen Simpson, Simon Jennings, Mark Johnson, Julia Blanchard, Pieter-Jan Schon, David Sims, Jonathan Tinker and Martin Genner, is published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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REVIEW: Seaside Snaps at Scarborough Art Gallery

Scarborough Art Gallery


Seaside Snaps is the latest exhibition to grace the walls of Scarborough Art Gallery.

On till 21 June 2015, this really is well worth checking out, especially if you are a Scarborian. There are loads of old pictures on display of Scarborough through the years.

Do you remember Gala Land, The Royal Opera House, and the outdoor pool? Well come and reminisce about the old days and see what’s changed over the years, and what has stayed the same.

Some old photographs don't look any different from today, such as The Castle, The Grand Hotel, and Spa Bridge, whereas places like The Floral Hall are long gone.

Of course, you don't have to be a local to enjoy this exhibition, as anyone who has ever loved Scarborough will find plenty here to interest them.

You can take a selfie of yourself on the old pier, and if you have any old photographs, you can send them in for display. If you look closely you might even see a picture of me on the wall!

Seaside Snaps is on the first floor of the gallery, and on the ground floor you will find some more traditional art, with paintings by Grimshaw, Roe and Carter on display. There is a shop, a small café and toilets, but no disabled access to the first floor.

Admission to the gallery is £3 which also covers The Rotunda, and is valid at both venues for a year. Under 18's are free. Opening times are 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Sundays. Open Bank Holiday Mondays. Do pay this delightful gallery a visit, you won't regret it.


This post was written by Martin Dove, March 2015
Born in Scarborough Martin moved to London where he worked on the Underground and married wife Katy. He later returned to Scarborough where he managed The Army & Navy Stores for almost twenty years, before working as a lecturer at Yorkshire Coast College. Now retired Martin’s other passions include comping, theatre, acting, photography, nature, art and submitting reviews to Trip Advisor, where he is ranked #1 in Scarborough.

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Whitby & Scarborough Both Named in Top Five UK Holiday Destinations for 2015

Whitby HDR


Whitby and Scarborough have both been ranked in the UK's top five holiday destinations for 2015, according to research by an online travel company.

The study by Cottages4you ranked Whitby as the holiday destination tourists are most likely to visit this year, with Scarborough just sneaking into the shortlist of UK holiday 'hotspots' at number five.

St Ives and Newquay, both in Cornwal, placed second and fourth respectively, with Keswick in the Lake District coming third.

Nick Rudge, managing director at cottages4you, said:
"We're delighted to be helping so many holidaymakers enjoy what the UK has to offer. The beauty of a cottage break in the UK is the lack of stress involved from the booking process to enjoying the break itself. The increase in those searching for a UK holiday is great news and we hope this enthusiasm for Great Britain continues to grow."
Cottages4you is part of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed holiday rental business and offers travellers over 13,000 holiday cottages and villas to choose from in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy.

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REVIEW: Café View

Cafe View


The strong selling point of Café View is, without doubt, the view over Scarborough's wonderful South Bay.

We were lucky enough to grab a window seat, and although I am a Scarborian, I never fail to be amazed by the town's beauty.

The café thoughtfully provide binoculars too, which is a nice touch. I had the carrot cake, which tasted as good as it looks. Everything on the menu is homemade, and reasonably priced.

The café is situated at the bottom end of town, so would probably be better placed for tourists on the beach, than the busy shopper in the town centre, although I would urge locals to check it out, if you fancy a change from your routine.

My only gripe would be the hard chairs. I like a bit of comfort with my afternoon tea, and comfier armchairs would suit me better.


This post was written by Martin Dove, March 2015
Born in Scarborough Martin moved to London where he worked on the Underground and married wife Katy. He later returned to Scarborough where he managed The Army & Navy Stores for almost twenty years, before working as a lecturer at Yorkshire Coast College. Now retired Martin’s other passions include comping, theatre, acting, photography, nature, art and submitting reviews to Trip Advisor, where he is ranked #1 in Scarborough.

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REJECTED: New Multiplex Cinema Plans Knocked Back by Councillors

Military Adventure Park


Plans for a new multiplex cinema on the site of the former Atlantis water park in Peasholm Gap have been rejected by Councillors earlier this month.

The proposed new seven screen cinema would have been located to the west of the site, facing Burniston Road, encompassing the area currently occupied by a Military Adventure Park.

Although planning officers had previously recommended the new development for approval, Councillors rejected the plans due to concerns on how it impact the town centre.

Those apposed to the development instead urged the council to push ahead with a separate proposal for a five screen cinema on the site of North Street car park, planning permission for which was granted in 2008, but has since lapsed.

The rejection of the North Bay cinema plans will have no affect the new multi-million pound water park nearby which is currently under construction.

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Godber's Classic Comedy Bouncers on Tour at the SJT

Bouncers


John Godber’s international hit comedy Bouncers is on tour to the Stephen Joseph Theatre from 12 to 16 May.

The new production, written and directed by the BAFTA-winning playwright, was first seen in 2014 and returned this year on a nationwide tour taking in 20 venues.

It is co-produced by the John Godber Company and Theatre Royal Wakefield and follows recent revivals of Godber’s Teechers and On the Piste to the SJT stage.

A contemporary classic, Bouncers premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1977 and has since been translated across the world. It was named one of the top 100 plays of the 20th century by the National Theatre.

Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph are the original men in black as they tell the tale of one night in a Yorkshire disco in the ‘80s in this outrageous parody of Saturday Night Fever! All the gang are out on the town, the boys, the girls, the cheesy DJ, the late night kebab man and the taxi home, all under the watchful eyes of the Bouncers.

The multi-award-winning play features a frightening array of northern talent: Adrian Hood (Brassed Off, The Syndicate) as Judd, Frazer Hammill (Teechers - Hull Truck) as Les, Robert Hudson (Red Riding, The Bill) as Lucky Eric and Theatre Royal Wakefield’s pantomime Dame Chris Hannon (Lunch Monkeys, Being Sold, Topsy & Tim) as Ralph.

Bouncers can be seen in The Round at the SJT from Tuesday 12 May to Saturday 16 May at 7.30pm each night except Thursday when there is an earlier performance at 7pm, plus matinees at 1.30pm on Thursday 14 May and 2.30pm on Saturday 16 May. Tickets, priced from £10 to £24.50, are available from Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at ww.sjt.uk.com.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Stephen Joseph Theatre’s 60th Summer Season Gets Underway With Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy

Cox & Box - Mrs Bouncer's Legacy



From a cross-dressed Victorian romp to a modern take on Gilbert and Sullivan inspired political satire, Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy returns to launch the 60th summer season of the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough.

The theatre has announced a new cast for the revival of the 2014 comedy musical which runs from 21 to 30 May before touring Yorkshire and marks the first of five celebratory productions by the company in its milestone year.

Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy sees Sir Arthur Sullivan’s one-act comic opera reinvented, with a sequel by Chris Monks and Richard Atkinson, in a musical about deception, international relations and chickens.

Director Chris Monks said: “I’m really looking forward to reviving Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy, with the added energy of two new cast members it’s bound to change and develop. I’m also chuffed to bits that we can take the show on its own Tour de Yorkshire and introduce new audiences to the work of the Stephen Joseph Theatre.”

Cox & Box, 1866: Cox is an apprentice hatter who works by day and Box is a printer who works by night. The two unknowingly share the same rented room, hoodwinked by their thrifty landlady, Mrs Bouncer.

Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy, 2016: A recently elected government has repatriated all migrant workers. Twin sisters Urszula and Krystyna are secretly sharing a room – the very same one – in a rundown B&B where their landlord is a member of the UZIP party.

Wrapped up with a heart-warming happy ending, you won’t be able to stop yourself singing "Fetch a Pan" or "Yorkshire is So Beautiful".

The SJT is delighted to welcome Darren Southworth, as seen in the original West End cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Emilia Williams from the West End and national tour of Dirty Dancing, who will join original company member Lara Stubbs.

Darren Southworth, whose other theatre credits include the Lip Service tour of Desperate to be Doris and A Taste of Honey at the New Vic, will play Mrs Bouncer and landlord Bob Narks. Emilia Williams, recently seen as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice at Islington’s Rosemary Branch Theatre, plays the male printer, Box, and in the second act, Polish sister, Krystyna. Lara Stubbs, a regular with Barbershopera, marks a third production with the SJT having also appeared in its new writing play, Screenplay, last summer. She reprises her role as the hatter, Cox, and Krystyna’s twin, Urszula. Scarborough musician Mark Gordon returns to the SJT following the Christmas play, Aladdin, to take on the role of Musical Director.

Following the Scarborough run, the production will tour to Sheffield Theatres from 1 to 2 June, Middlesbrough Theatre from 4 to 6 June, and Theatre Royal Wakefield from 16 to 20 June.

Tickets for Cox & Box – Mrs Bouncer’s Legacy at the SJT, priced from £10 to £21.50, are available from the Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at www.sjt.uk.com. Under 30s’ tickets at £6 are available in person from the Box Office on proof of ID.



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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Review: Comedy Magician Pete Firman at The SJT

Pete Firman


Pete Firman is a magician. He doesn’t do the big illusions though and you’ll never see him walking down a building, but what he does do is good old fashioned magic, with a comedy twist.

At the packed SJT earlier this month, Pete held the audience captivated and entertained for over an hour, with his special brand of magic.

He comes across as a cheeky chappie, who charms the ladies, and wows the men, with his quick fire routine, honed by years on the comedy circuit. He is immensely likeable, and had his audience in gales of laughter throughout his set.

The McCarthy auditorium is small and intimate and there is no hiding place, for any dodgy tricks, but Pete Firman never put a foot wrong and I, for one, had no idea how he did any of his tricks.

He swallowed a balloon, put a sword through someone’s neck, made cards appear out of thin air and made three wedding rings join together.

Pete used to work in the bar at the SJT, so it was extra special to see him back in Scarborough.

Scarborough is so lucky to have such a world class theatre as the SJT, and it was both a pleasure and a privilege to see a young man, clearly enjoying his craft, and to be a small part of such a magical evening.


This post was written by Martin Dove, March 2015
Born in Scarborough Martin moved to London where he worked on the Underground and married wife Katy. He later returned to Scarborough where he managed The Army & Navy Stores for almost twenty years, before working as a lecturer at Yorkshire Coast College. Now retired Martin’s other passions include comping, theatre, acting, photography, nature, art and submitting reviews to Trip Advisor, where he is ranked #1 in Scarborough.

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General Election 2015 Candidates for Scarborough & Whitby Constituency



Scarborough Borough Council has announced that the candidates nominated to stand for the Scarborough and Whitby Constituency in the forthcoming General Election on Thursday 7 May are:

  • Michael Beckett – Liberal Democrats
  • Juliet Boddington – Alliance for Green Socialism: Save NHS
  • Sam Cross – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Robert Goodwill – The Conservative Party
  • David Hugh Malone – Green Party
  • Ian Alistair McInnes – Labour Party

Anyone not on the register of electors will not be able to vote in the election.

There is still time for people to register and this can be done easily online at gov.uk/register-to-vote before the deadline of Monday 20 April.

Alternatively, people can contact Scarborough Borough Council’s Elections team for assistance by emailing electors@scarborough.gov.uk or calling the Elections Office Monday to Friday between normal office hours (8.30am to 5.00pm) on 01723 232309.

Anyone who will be on holiday on 7 May can apply to vote by post or proxy, which is someone that can vote on their behalf but at the named elector's usual polling station.

More information about this can be found on the council’s website scarborough.gov.uk/elections

The deadline for applying to vote by post is 5.00pm, Tuesday 21 April. Postal votes will be issued from that day onwards. The deadline for applying to vote by proxy is 5.00pm, Tuesday 28 April.

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