Monday, 28 July 2014

Photos: Little Mix at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Little Mix Scarborough

Scarborough welcomed the UK’s best girl band this weekend, as Little Mix took to the stage at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre.

In 2011 Little Mix were crowned winners of ITV's X Factor and have since gone on to sell more than three million singles and two million albums worldwide.

Here we take a look at some of the best fans photos form what was a hugely successful night.

Video: Little Mix: Salute - Scarborough Open Air Theatre

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Photos: Seafest 2014

The sun was shining in Scarborough this weekend providing a glorious day for those attending Scarborough's 16th Annual Seafest.

With a huge range of displays, stalls and activities for the whole family Seafest saw both visitors and residents alike flocking to Scarborough's South Bay to enjoy the ever popular Maritime Festival.

Photo © Embleton Photography

If you weren't lucky enough to be there, fret not, we've trawled Twitter to bring you the best of the images shared by those that were there.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Breathalysers Trialed Outside Scarborough Bars

This weekend saw the first 'Alcoblow' trial in Scarborough where drinkers suspected of having one too many were asked to provide a breath sample.

Woman Blowing Into Alcoblow Breathalyser

Funded by the town’s Safer Communities Partnership the trial involved Alcoblow breathalysers being used by door staff in the St Nicholas Street area on Saturday night.

The Alcoblow device is described as a simple to use, 'rapid response' instrument that is used to determine whether or not a person has any alcohol in their breath without any physical contact between the subject and instrument.

Interestingly Lion Laboratories Limited, the company behind the Alcoblow, claim that the device can be used both actively, where the subject blows voluntarily into the sampling cone, or passively where the operator presses a button to draw in a sample of breath from around the subject, ideally while they are speaking.

The first of two pilot schemes, Saturday night was is part of a bigger campaign due in Autumn to tackle 'pre-loading' - a growing trend where people 'pre-load' themselves by drinking cheap alcohol before heading out into town.

While door staff are still expected to use their experience and discretion to asses people's levels on intoxication, the new devices are expected to help door staff make a more informed decisions about whether individuals should be allowed entry.

To give you an idea of what would be considered 'too drunk' a breath/alcohol reading of three times or higher than the current drink-drive limit would greatly reduce the chances of someone being granted entry.

Tony Snow, Chairman of Scarborough PubWatch said of the trial:

"A safe and vibrant night time economy is something we all strive for. We are committed to working with the police and council to tackle alcohol-related crime and disorder."

"Breathalyser readings will help door staff make informed decisions about whether someone should or shouldn't be allowed entry and should help reduce the flash-points that are created when people are overly intoxicated."

Sandra Rees, Scarborough Borough Council Community Safety Manager and Safeguarding Officer added:

"The Safer Communities Partnership will be trialing the Alcoblow devices in St Nicholas Street and surrounding areas, where traditionally there are alcohol-related issues, particularly late on a Saturday night and into the early hours of Sunday morning."

"Though the readings themselves will not ultimately determine whether someone is allowed into a bar or not, they will provide additional information for security staff to help them decide if a person is fit to enter."

"The response from licensees to this trial and other schemes that are in the pipeline as part of the Local Alcohol Action Area project has been very pleasing and we hope it will have a positive impact on Scarborough’s night time economy."

The new breathalysers are just one of several 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.

Scarborough is one of 20 Local Alcohol Action Areas selected by the Government to trial initiatives to combat drink-fueled crime and disorder and the damage caused to people’s health.

This status will see the town benefiting from extra support and guidance from the Government and NHS England to help the council and its partners tackle the harmful effects of excessive drinking and improve the night time economy.

Sgt Rachel Wood from North Yorkshire Police said:

"These devices will support door staff in the difficult job of challenging people who have had too much to drink. North Yorkshire Police remains committed to dealing robustly with anyone who tries to gain entry to venues while drunk and also tackling any premises, which allow entry to drunken people."

The next trail will be on Saturday 9 August.

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PHOTOS: Boyzone BZ20 Tour at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre

boyzone scarborough

Last night Scarborough's Open Air Theatre welcomed one of the world’s best loved boy bands - Boyzone.

Ronan, Keith, Shane and Mikey performed hits from the last twenty year as part of their new ‘BZ20 – The Anniversary Tour’ on Saturday night. If you missed it, here are some of the best fan's photos from the night.

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Scarborough Seafest 2014 Programme

This weekend welcomes Scarborough's 16th Annual Seafest. The Maritime Festival features events for the whole family including live music, cooking demonstrations and children’s workshops and entertainment - all free!

Scarborough Seafest

This great event is organised by Scarborough Borough Council in partnership with Welcome to Yorkshire and The Great Yorkshire Brewery and is a must see for both residents & visitors alike.

Seafest Programme Highlights

  • Seafest Food Theatre - Seafood cooking demos by Yorkshire Chefs
  • Maritime & Heritage Displays
  • Mouth-Watering Food Stalls
  • Craft & Market Stalls
  • Great Yorkshire Brewery's Real Ale & Beer Festival
  • Leeds Caribbean Carnival Display – Sat 26 July 12.00 midday
  • Live Music
  • Lots of Free Children's Activities
  • Grand Fireworks Display - Saturday 26th from 10pm, South Bay
  • Scarborough Seafest Sunday Service

For full details on what happening view the Seafest Programme (PDF)

Seafest Food Theatre Programme

One of the star attractions of Seafest is the Seafood Theatre which hosts two days of free fish and seafood cookery demonstrations by leading Yorkshire chefs live from the Seafest Food Theatre.

See below for full details of what's on at the Seafood Theatre throughout the weekend.

Saturday 26 July

10:30 - Martyn Hyde
Eat Me Café, Scarborough. Voted One of Northern Rail’s Hidden Gems, Morrison’s Best Café, winner of Yorkshire Life awards ‘Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year’, and the only café in Scarborough to make it into the Good Food Guide
Classic English with local ingredients, a sprinkling of Asian spices, and a side serving of smiles

11:30 - Tom Rennolds
BBC MasterChef Finalist
The heat in The Food Theatre won’t be quite as high as in the MasterChef kitchen! Fine English Cuisine. Fine Local Ingredients. Fit for a Seafest Feast!

12:30 - Phil Leverington
The Demo Chef for Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
Phil will be creating an array of delicious seafood dishes with Maldon sea salt’s finest flakes and locally caught seafood

13:30 - Rob Green
Green’s Restaurant, Whitby. Multi award winner and National Seafood Chef of the Year
A Master of the art of all things fish, showing us how to prepare and cook the freshest ‘catch of the day’, using sustainable fish from the quayside

14:30 - Vicky Scott
Deputy Head Chef, Crown Spa Hotel, Scarborough
Former winner of the Apprentice of the Year at Yorkshire Coast College. Vicky has been at The Crown Spa for the last 13 years, and involved in all food areas, but her forte is the pastry section where she specialises in creating mouth-watering offerings

15:30 - Phil Leverington
The Demo Chef for Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
Phil will be creating an array of delicious seafood dishes with Maldon sea salt’s finest flakes and locally caught seafood

Sunday 27 July

10:30 - Ryan Sperry
Chef/Manager, East Ayton Lodge Hotel, Scarborough
Fish with a Yorkshire Theme, as served at The Lodge Hotel

11:30 - Tom Rennolds
BBC MasterChef Finalist
The heat in The Food Theatre won’t be quite as high as in the MasterChef kitchen! Fine English Cuisine. Fine Local Ingredients. Fit for a Seafest Feast!

12:30 - Phil Leverington
The Demo Chef for Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
Phil will be creating an array of delicious seafood dishes with Maldon sea salt’s finest flakes and locally caught seafood

13:30 - Dan Hargreaves
Head Chef at the award winning Copper Horse, Seamer
Traditional modern food and a few sips of home made cider!

14:30 - Yorkshire Coast College, Scarborough
Our young chefs of tomorrow, Students Ali Moran and Aaron Pattison, cook their demonstration dishes from the UK Young Seafood Competition, joined by Rob Clark, Curriculum Leader

15:30 - Phil Leverington
The Demo Chef for Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
Phil will be creating an array of delicious seafood dishes with Maldon sea salt’s finest flakes and locally caught seafood
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Authentic Caribbean Carnival Set For Scarborough

A ‘pop-up carnival’ that made an appearance at the Grand Départ in Leeds is set to hit the streets of Scarborough later this month as part of the town’s annual Seafest.

Leeds West Indian Carnival
Leeds West Indian Carnival

An offshoot of Leeds West Indian Carnival, Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival, the event will feature music and dance - as well as spectacular costumes designed some of the UK’s most renowned carnival costume designers.

Leeds West Indian Carnival was founded in 1967 by Arthur France, MBE, and is held in Leeds every August, attracting record crowds of over 150,000.

Speaking about the event Mr. France said:

“We are delighted that the pop-up carnival will showcase Yorkshire as Europe’s first Caribbean Carnival comes to Scarborough Seafest.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for Leeds Carnival to bring wow factor and a touch of the Caribbean to what is already a beautiful part of our county. With the sea as a backdrop we’re looking forward to a spectacular display of costumes, colour and calypso.”

Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

“We promised that this year’s Seafest would be bigger and better than ever, and the addition of the Pop-up Carnival to the programme is really exciting – it’s something that’s never been seen in Scarborough before!”

Seafest is a three-day festival featuring a host of new street theatre, music and food events. Now in its 16th year this year’s event will run from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 July.

The pop-up carnival will take place from noon until 2.30pm on Saturday 26 July on South Bay beach near Scarborough Spa.

Other highlights of Seafest 2014 include Circo Rum Ba Ba, the Institute of Crazy Dancing, Whitby-based Jean and Morag and Scarborough-based Animated Objects.

There will also be music from the Paradise Steel Band, the Men of Staithes Choir, and Scarborough’s Fun Key Choir as well as food demos from a line-up of top chefs and a real ale tent.

Other highlights include a gospel breakfast with DJ Tooley, morris dancing, local stalls, fireworks display, sea-themed workshops, story-telling, rock pool rambles and a blessing of the boats at the Seafest Sunday service.

For further information on Seafest visit or follow Seafest on Twitter @scarboroseafest

Video of Leeds West Indian Chapeltown Carnival Parade 2013

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The Scarborough Music Scene - A Retrospective

Written by Paul Deyes.

It's very easy to view the past through rose-tinted spectacles, but has the music scene in the Scarborough area actually progressed or stagnated ? Well, let's review what the past had to offer.

Although I was born perhaps a year too late to have experienced the legendary venue that was the Penthouse, I am aware of the importance that particular club has in the musical heritage of our town. Many bands that have become household names have played in the St Nicholas Street rooms in the seventies and early eighties.

The Sex Pistols, one of the many 'big names' that appeared at The Penthouse in Scarborough
The Sex Pistols, one of the 'big names' that appeared at The Penthouse
It opened in 1969, and the list of luminaries that graced its boards makes staggering reading. David Bowie, the Sex Pistols, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, The Police - the fact these massive international acts chose to play in a little Yorkshire seaside town is testament to how much the place was loved by performers and punters alike. Just wish I'd been born a little earlier...

Not many people remember, but the Taboo club on Huntriss Row also played host to a future globe-straddling little band called U2 in 1981. I even managed to procure a badly-recorded cassette copy of the gig whilst I was in Northern Ireland, of all places ! The club itself had more of an indie vibe than most other places, but again was very popular.

The Lemon Tree (later called LT's) saw one of the earliest incarnations of perhaps the most famous Scarborough musical export ever. I was witness to a band called Mr Thrud, who if my (admittedly time-addled) memory serves me correctly, appeared onstage in tuxedos and proceeded to play (amongst others) Led Zeppelin covers.

Anyone with a scant interest in local live music will know this band as the all-conquering Little Angels. The late eighties saw the Angels being lauded by the rock press as the new young saviours of British rock. Indeed, they even went down well in America, where the likes of Def Leppard had already made inroads. They recently reformed for a farewell tour. A great band, who were just down to earth blokes who hung out at the Cask Inn on Valley Bridge.

Two fabulous venues linked by their rather talented landlord were the Stage Door and the Talbot Hotel. Mr Paul Toole always had an eye for a good band, and with his contacts in the music business managed to persuade the likes of the Buzzcocks to play at our favourite watering holes.

The Talbot Hotel, Scarborough
The Talbot Hotel, Scarborough © Copyright All rights reserved by johnmightycat1
Other notable local bands I had the pleasure of seeing at these venues were Cockroach, The Rhythm And Groove Experiment (RAGE) - whose ever-grinning guitarist Mark "Eddie" Woodward, whom I had known since school, tragically passed away a few years ago, a great loss - and, erm... Grandads Don't Indicate! Mr Toole is still involved in furthering people's musical education, playing his funk, soul and gospel to appreciative audiences, including this year's Glastonbury. Not sure if he enjoyed Metallica's set, though....

But live music wasn't the only thriving scene in Scarborough in my adolescence. The town also had (and still has) its own rock guru, in the form of Mr Paul Murray. I remember buying rock albums from his portacabin shop on the station forecourt, before he launched several quality night spots. The first I remember was Victoria's (upstairs on the site that is now Matalan). Every Friday Screwy would D.J. to a throng of "tired and emotional" rockers, and the dancefloor would be a kaleidoscope of flailing hair and air guitar poses. Great days.

Paul also promoted some great bands at Murrays (formerly Pavilion Vaults) at the Westborough lights. Limehouse Lizzy made me deaf in one ear there, The Bryan Adams Experience packed the place every time, and with Paul's never-ending love for the antipodean boogie merchants, there was never a shortage of AC/DC tribute acts to enjoy.

Scene One & Two in Scarborough
Scene One & Two in Scarborough
I don't have the space (or memory!) to include every act or venue from my formative musical upbringing in my home town, and I apologise for any glaring omissions, but Bacchus, The Silver Grid (a very scary place for a teenager in the eighties, located above what is now Pizza Hut), Chaplins, and Scene One and Two must all hold fond memories for those of us of a certain age.

As we progressed through the nineties and into this millenium, some of the venues mentioned fell by the wayside, and more pubs began promoting local talent as a way of fending off bankruptcy brought about by the smoking ban, the ridiculous taxes levied on alcohol, and the burgeoning greed of the big brewery chains.

The old pub crawl route of Victoria Road/Castle Road changed with the opening of the no-music Lord Rosebery and the three big bars on St Nicholas Street. Now I have friends who work for these establishments, so I'm not going to bad-mouth their employers here, but suffice to say these places have added nothing to the town's musical development.

Beached Festival Poster
So where are we at today? Well, we had eight years of free live festival entertainment on the beach with...erm...Beached. A fabulous concept that ran from 2001 to 2008, giving local artists a platform alongside more established acts. The Fratellis, The Libertines (sans Docherty), Thunder, The Quireboys, The Kaiser Chiefs (then known as Parva), The Bluetones and The Hoosiers all played to hugely varied audiences. Sadly, the event ceased after 2008, although a smaller event was staged at the Open Air Theatre in 2011.

Acoustic Gathering at Peasholm Park has grown since its inception, the event being the brainchild of Mr Steve Dickinson (who also played keyboards in the aforementioned RAGE, amongst other local bands). However, the event is taking a hiatus this year.

Rock In The Castle, Scarborough
Rock In The Castle, Scarborough
In September 2005, one of the great musical experiences of my life occurred in the Castle grounds. Rock In The Castle was an all-day festival at our most prestigious edifice, and the line-up had me running to the computer to buy my tickets soonest. Hanoi Rocks, Terrorvision and the greatest band on the planet (in my humble opinion) - The Wildhearts. A superb day, spread across two stages, and featuring diverse and local acts, gave way to a glorious night, with my heroes giving a tremendous performance. Pity hardly anyone got paid....

The re-vamped Open Air Theatre has been going a couple of years now, and the calibre of the acts it is attracting (although I'm not really their target audience) is quite impressive. Still think it needs a rock festival, mind...

'Seaside' Danny Wilde
The pub live music scene is still thriving, whether it's stalwarts of the town such as Jessie Hutchinson, "as seen on TV" Danny Wilde (think it was Crimewatch for his stage outfit - only joking, Danny !), my friend and musical genius Paul Tilley, the perennial punk pranksters Snatch, the leviathan rock of Aftermath, the fun times of Bongoman and his Bongomaniacs, or the Irish lunacy of the Shamrockers, there is usually something to cater to most tastes. There's even a couple of jazz clubs....nnnice !

The Spa on Victoria Road has some interesting and talented acts, and has reinvented itself as a music pub. The Tap & Spile still has an eclectic mix of bands and singers, continuing the good work started by Ian - the previous landlord - thanks to Mick and his main man Jon.

The Commercial and The Ship have both been overhauled and now have some cracking acts performing. Mike at the Indigo Alley also gives a chance to local talent. The Merchant (formerly the Jolly Roger) also has many new young bands to check out. There are numerous Open Mic and Beer Jam nights popping up all over the town. And we have a Rock Night at the Black Lion every fortnight - sorry, had to slip in a plug !

All in all, there is still a great deal of muscal talent for us Scarborians to be very proud of, and long may it continue....
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