Friday, 27 February 2015

Boy Band Veterans Boyzone Return to Scarborough


Boy Band veterans Boyzone will be returning to Scarborough Open Air Theatre this year on Saturday 13 June.

The Irish pop band, made up of Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham, return to the Yorkshire Coast for the second successive year following their sell-out performance at the venue last summer.

Boyzone are one of the most successful bands in the UK, with more than 25 million records sold worldwide and will perform tracks from the new album as well as many of their biggest hits.

Cllr David Chance, the council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture said:

"Getting Boyzone back to Scarborough has been something we've been working on for a number of months and we’re delighted to have secured a date in their 2015 schedule."

"The boys went down a storm with fans last year, not only for their amazing performance on stage but for the buzz they created with their helicopter tour of Scarborough before they arrived at the venue. It was without doubt one of the best received concerts we've ever had at the Open Air Theatre and we’re hoping tickets will fly out of the door again this year."

Tickets for Boyzone are priced at £35 and will go on sale from Sunday 8 March at 9am.

Fans will be able to purchase tickets from Scarborough Open Air Theatre box office (01723 818111), The Sands office in Scarborough’s North Bay, (01723 821888), (0844 844 0444) and (0114 223 3777).

More information about Scarborough Open Air Theatre can be found at

Tickets will also be on sale at tourist information centres in Filey, Scarborough and Whitby and from the Tourism Bureau. A booking fee per ticket sold will apply.

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Jessie J Returns to Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Jessie J

Brit Award winning singer songwriter Jessie J will return to Scarborough for the second time this year to perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Friday 10 July.

In 2014 Jesse played to a near sell-out crowd at the OAT and as such tickets are expected to be in high demand for her return performance.

Jessie became the first British woman in history to take six top ten singles from one album, her debut album Who You Are and she has gone on to sell over 3 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide.

Jessie’s latest album, Sweet Talker, debuted at number 10 after its release in October 2014 and includes the number one hit single such 'Bang Bang' with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

Cllr David Chance, the council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture said:

“We’re delighted that Jessie J has agreed to come back to the Open Air Theatre for a second time; the lure of the Yorkshire Coast proving too hard for her to resist!"

"In all seriousness though, the fact that we continue to attract big names not just once but repeat visits as well, is a testament to the theatre's growing reputation in the music industry as a high quality venue with a real difference."

"The setting is a massive wow factor, we get the most enthusiastic audiences and our team really knows how to look after our visiting stars; it’s a great recipe for success.”

Tickets for the performance are priced at £37 and will go on sale from Saturday 7 March at 9am.

Tickets are available from Scarborough Open Air Theatre box office (01723 818111), The Sands office in Scarborough’s North Bay, (01723 821888) (0844 844 0444) and (0114 223 3777).

Tickets will also be on sale at tourist information centres in Filey, Scarborough and Whitby and from the Tourism Bureau. A booking fee per ticket sold will apply.

More information about Scarborough Open Air Theatre can be found at

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Sophia Walker to Appear at SJT With Debut Solo Show 'Around The World In Eight Mistakes'

Sophia Walker

The 2013 BBC Poetry Slam Champion Sophia Walker appears at the Stephen Joseph Theatre next month with her debut solo show, Around The World In Eight Mistakes.

Sophia 's show scooped the title for Best Spoken Word Show on the 2013 Edinburgh Free Fringe and last year was voted the Best UK Spoken Word Show.

Illegal immigration, illegal emigration, ridiculous amounts of deportation, an accidental stint in a war zone and moving for love. Twice. All the reasons never to move! Sophia's earliest memory is that of sitting on her father's shoulders as the Berlin Wall was being torn down. Leapfrogging around the world, travel to Moscow back in the USSR days, the USA, Uganda and other places along the way.

After the interval Sophia will also perform a spoken word set.

Winner of the 2012 London Poetry Olympics, Edinburgh International Book Festival Slam, a former Scottish Slam Champion and the UK representative for the World Queer Slam, Sophia has performed everywhere from The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to the European Parliament.

Her work has aired on BBC Radio 4, NPR (USA), France Inter as well as radio stations in Italy, Singapore, India and Vietnam. She was also nominated to The Independent's Pink List of 100 Most Influential LGBT people in the UK.

Around The World In Eight Mistakes is directed by Matt Panesh who will also perform at the venue later in the season on 14 April with his award-winning 2013 Edinburgh Fringe show 300 to 1 which was developed and rehearsed at the Scarborough theatre.

Sophia Walker can be seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre on Saturday 14 March at 7.45pm. Tickets, priced from £10 to £15, are available from Box Office on 01723 370541 and online at Under 30s’ tickets at £6 are available in person from the Box Office on proof of ID. Recommended for ages 14+.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Scarborough Sea Life Centre Calls For Help To Protect Local Waters


Marine experts at Scarborough Sea Life Centre are urging visitors and local residents to get behind efforts to protect two special North Sea habitats to the north and south of the resort.

They are two of 23 sites the Government is considering adding to 27 special Marine Conservation Zones endorsed last year.

Scarborough Sea Life's Lyndsey Crawford explains more saying:

"Wildlife charities and other NGOs led by the Marine Conservation Society have been trying to get 127 sites in the seas around England and Wales afforded protected status."

"Our partner charity The Sea Life Trust has been a keen ally and while everyone was disappointed that so few MCZs were approved in the first tranche, and only 23 are being considered this year they do include two that are of special significance to us here in the North East."

"One – the Holderness Inshore zone - is a three mile long stretch extending north from the Humber Estuary, covering 307 square kilometres and featuring a range of habitats important for a wide variety of species. The other is a 68 square kilometre zone stretching three miles out to sea and straddling Runswick Bay."

"The Holderness zone hosts diverse species from algae, sponges and  crustaceans to fish like dab and wrasse. It's an important feeding ground for our native grey and common seals, two animals we at the Sanctuary have a special affinity for after years of rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured pups."

The seabed across the Runswick Bay site has both rock and sediment features and an intertidal area with rocky reefs, boulders, pools, sandy beaches and caves.

No fewer than eight species of crab thrive in the offshore waters, which are also spawning grounds for many fish including herring, sprat, cod, whiting and plaice.

Lyndsey added:

"Protection for these zones will mean commercial activities are controlled to minimise their impact, but fishermen who operate in these waters won't be affected at all. Dredging and dredge disposal are the chief problems for these sites."

"Without that protection these critical habitats are at risk of irreparable damage and the creatures that rely on them being killed off or forced to move elsewhere. We have until April 24th to convince the Government they should be approved as MCZs, so we want as many people as possible to get behind the campaign supporting their inclusion."

Sea Life is urging anyone who wishes to support the bid to get these two sites protected to sign a petition on the Marine Conservation Society website

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Two People Washed Into Sea at Scarborough by Waves

Sea King from RAF Leconfield winching a man up from the Scarborough lifeboat.

Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre have coordinated the recovery of two persons at Scarborough after they were washed in to the sea by waves.

At 18.00 today the Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that one person had been knocked from the wall in to the sea at South Shore in Scarborough. The other was clinging to the shore. The weather conditions were poor with rough seas, gale force winds and a very high tide.

The Scarborough Coastguard Rescue Team, the RNLI lifeboats based at Scarborough and RAF rescue helicopter based at Leconfield were sent to the scene. One person managed to scramble to safety and the other was pulled from the water by the inshore lifeboat. This person is now receiving medical attention.

Mike Puplett from Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre said:

"We have very high tides at the moment and when you combine this with gale force winds you get very powerful waves. Whilst this can look spectacular we would ask people to please admire the force of nature at a distance. Breaking waves will knock you off your feet and are extremely dangerous for both you and the people who will be sent to rescue you."

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Local Community Group Labels Bid to Refurbish & Reopen Futurist as 'Pointless'

A local online community group called STAG (Scarborough Town Action Group) have labeled a last minute bid to refurbish & reopen The Futurist Theatre as 'pointless'.

Last week Leeds based businessman Jamie Hudson submitted a detailed plan to Scarborough Borough Council proposing a new business model which he claims demonstrates how the theatre can be re-opened and run without financial subsidies.

Speaking of the new proposal, STAG spokesperson Patricia David posted on Facebook:

"This week has seen a time-consuming, pointless diversion in the form of a company who had, unknown to us, decided to put in a bid to take over the Futurist and raised a lot of hopes totally unnecessarily."

"He [Jamie Hudson] did not know anything about us and what we are doing and not unreasonably thought he was on a mission to save the building. However he was informed on Sunday last, when he contacted the Save the Futurist Campaign, official Facebook site that there was no point in putting in the bid, because legally the Council cannot accept it, or enter into any discussions, because they are now in discussions with a preferred bidder and in any event the closing date for bids was last August 15th."

"He put it in anyway and sent out a Press Release to this effect. He caused us and themselves no end of trouble, when, of course, it appeared in the public domain."

After several people questioned the statements posted on Facebook Patricia David replied:

"Problems are arising as a result of two groups actively working towards the same goal without actually knowing it was happening, so there was no common ground of understanding between us."

"Our own group has been working on a not dissimilar but much larger development Plan for several years and have got a fully fledged Business Plan which some Councillors already know about. This has not yet been seen by the Council per se, for the same reason as Jamie Hudson's cannot."

"Jamie Hudson knew nothing about us, or what we have achieved and the amount of time and personal money we have invested over many years to get us to this situation. It is very early days and we are looking for a Theatre Operator to work with our projected Business and time will tell how this pans out with Hudson's Company or any other for that matter."

"We both had a Plan and objectives and a modus operandi with which we are proceeding and it has been important to bridge that gap and/or create a common ground."

"My comment was one based on the problems this was creating and how much time and emotional energy we are all having to apply in trying to sort it, and create an operational platform on which we could move forward in whatever best way becomes appropriate when we have not yet even met! In no way was it intended as a criticism of the Futurist Light and Sound Co."

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Local Choir to Perform With Russell Watson at Scarborough Spa

The Graham Community Choir

A local choir is to perform with Russell Watson at Scarborough Spa next month.

The Graham Community Choir will accompany Russell for a selection of numbers when he performs in The Spa’s Grand Hall on Saturday 7 March as part of his latest UK tour.

The 90 plus strong choir, who have been personally chosen by Russell, has been running for over 12 years and started life as the 'The Can't Sing Choir' which was part of the evening class programme based at Graham School.

From its humble beginnings the choir has now developed into a four part choir singing a varied mixture and popular range of music and employ an open door, no audition policy making them a genuine community choir.

The challenge of singing some operatic extracts with Russell has been embraced wholeheartedly by the choir, especially the extracts that require singing in Italian and French and extra rehearsals have been scheduled in the coming weeks.

The choir's conductor Bill Scott commented:

"I am honoured that the choir has been chosen to perform with Russell Watson, the choir are great fans of his and we shall be working very hard to sing our best for him."

"The choir is particularly enjoying singing some pieces for the concert in Italian and French and the musical challenges that they present. I am proud of the choirs continued development and achievements especially as we have so much fun doing it!"

As well as The Graham Community Choir, Russell Watson will also be joined by York Soprano Rebecca Newman.

Tickets for 'An Intimate Evening with Russell Watson' are now on sale, with tickets starting at £32.50 and are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 and via

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