Thursday, 20 November 2014

Give Yourself to The Dark Side Next March at Sci-Fi Scarborough

sci fi scarborough 2015

The Force will be strong at Sci Fi Scarborough in 2015 as Dave Prowse makes a special guest appearance.

For those unfamiliar with the name, Prowse played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, the most iconic villain in movie history.

Dave Prowse as Darth Vader
Dave Prowse as Darth Vader
Attracting such a marquee appearance marks a major coup for the organisers of SFS especially given that the event is only in its second year.

Dave Prowse will join several other actors from the epic space opera on 'Star Wars Saturday' imcluding Greedo ( played by Paul Blake), Oola (played by Femi Taylor) and Leesub Sirln (played by Pam Rose).

Other Star Wars actors are also expected to be added to that list in the coming months.

Speaking to Scarborough UK, event co-organiser Steve Dickinson said:

"If I was even to begin to imagine that the 7 year old boy that saw Star Wars when it first came out could be involved in bringing these characters that I grew up loving to my home town, I wouldn't have believed you."

"The fact that Darth Vader is more than happy to come to our beautiful seaside town for the whole weekend shows that we are on the right track for next year."

"2015 is the Thunderbirds' 50th anniversary, so keep your eyes peeled for something very very special that we be announcing in the New Year"

Aside from the galaxy far far away the roster of other guest stars in attendance keeps on growing too with voice of Scott Tracy and Bond star Shane Rimmer, Space Precinct actor Richard James (Officer Orrin/Space Precinct) and Farscape actress and Bond girl Virginia Hey all confirmed.

Other highlights at the event are set to include major comic book artists, writers and a promise of 'Space Opera Sunday' with another panel of stars of yet to be announced.

Sci Fi Scarborough 2015 takes place at Scarborough Spa Complex from Saturday 14 until Sunday 15 March 2015.

In the words of Lord Vader himself the weekend 'will be a day long remembered' so grab yourself an 'early bird' ticket now from Scarborough Spa or by visiting

For more information on SFS visit the official website at You can also keep up to date with the latest announcements by following SFS on Twiter at @scifiscarbs.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Final Curtain Falls: Scarborough's Futurist To Be Demolished in January

Futurist Demolition Notice
The demolition of Scarborough's Futurist Theatre appears to have moved a step closer today, according to a site notice which was displayed outside the doomed venue today.

The official notice clearly states that the proposed demolition of the building could be as early as Monday 19 January 2015.

The application notice is actually to determine whether prior approval will be required for the method of demolition and just part of the due process the council must follow to allow development of the site in the future.

The public are invited to write to the council with representations by the end of November.

Scarborough Council recently revealed Flamingo Land as the bidder behind plans to redevelop land currently occupied The Futurist.

Main image © Futurist Demolition Notice / Twitter

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Win a Festive Meal For Two Including Wine at Eat Me Cafe - Worth Up To £75!

We've teamed up once again with the multi-award winning Eat Me Cafe to give readers of Scarborough UK the chance to WIN a delicious festive dining experience.

This time one lucky reader (and their guest) will be dining in style in December as they enjoy Eat Me Cafe's Special 3-Course Christmas Dinner Menu, PLUS a complimentary bottle of wine - worth up to £75!

Eat Me Cafe Christmas MenuSome highlights include Cured Staal Smokehouse Salmon with Beetroot Pickle & Fresh Horseradish for starters, Traditional Black Feathered Turkey with all the trimmings for main course and Mulled Pear, Vanilla Ice Cream & Hot Chocolate Sauce for dessert.

Whatever your favourites, you're sure to find something to tempt you taste-buds on this specially designed Christmas menu. For details of all the amazing, festive dishes on offer click on the menu (right) to enlarge.

Tables for Eat Me's Christmas Menu are already close to being sold out, which means this exclusive competition may well be the only way to experience this special dinner.

TO ENTER this competition all you need to do is complete the form below and agree to receive emails from Scarborough UK & Eat Me Cafe.

The competition will close at midnight on Sunday 23 November 2015, after which one lucky winner will drawn at random from all qualifying entries. The winner will be contacted by email and their name will appear on the Scarborough UK website after the draw.

Prize details: Table for Two for Eat Me Cafe's Christmas Dining Menu, including a bottle of wine. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the popularity and limited availability of this event, the winner may be offered specific dates when claiming their prize.

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

Update 24/11/2014: Competition Closed

The lucky winner is Andy Parker
Congratulations Andy, Eat Me Cafe will contact you directly to arrange your prize.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Futurist Theatre Replacement Concept Designs

Despite many people's best efforts it now seems it's more a matter of when and not if Scarborough's Futurist Theatre will be demolished.

The front-runner (in fact the only runner it seems) in the race to replace the condemned venue is a concept for a new visitor attraction with the working title 'Flamingo Land Coast'.

Interestingly though, although Flamingo Land was recently voted 'Best Local Family Attraction' by readers of Scarborough UK, not as many it seems, are as keen on the concepts put forward to replace the Futurist.

Flamingo Land aren't the only ones to draw up creatives for their vision of what should replace the Futurist though. Here's several other designs we uncovered whilst researching the doomed Theatre's history.

The 'Apollo Theatre'

Unknown Concept

Iconic Hotel & Retail Units. Image from the Harbour

Iconic Hotel & Retail Units. Image from the Prom

Let us know what you think of these other concepts and how you feel they compare to the proposed designs submitted by Flamingo Land.

If you know of any other concepts that have been created in the past, do let us know and we'll add them above.
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Scarborough Army Reserves Open Day

Join The Army Reserves

Scarborough Army Reserve soldiers will be holding an open day on Saturday 22nd November for people interested in finding out more about life in the Army Reserve.

Soldiers from B Company, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment are inviting people to come along to Army Reserve Centre on Coldyhill Lane in Newby 10.00 am – 4.00 pm and find out how they can train to be a soldier in their spare time.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the weapons, equipment,  lightweight infantry bridge and signals kit used in the field.

The Army Reserve provides support to the Regular Army at home and overseas, and throughout its history almost every major operation has seen reservists operate alongside their Regular counterparts.

Army Reserve Soldiers come from all walks of life and work part-time as soldiers for the British Army alongside full-time Regular soldiers.

As well as opportunities to become an infantry soldier, there are also spare time employment opportunities for medics, HR personnel, caterers and drivers.

The Open Day will give those interested in the Army Reserves a chance to see what they do and what they offer. Potential candidates will get the chance to see the kit and equipment used by the Army Reserves and look around the Army Reserve Centre.

There will also be a chance to talk to soldiers under training and to meet trained soldiers of Scarborough Platoon.

All training is paid, once you have completed the joining procedures, and offers the chance to challenge yourself through military training, sports and adventure training. Recruits will also get the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends.

If you are interested in joining or simply want to talk through the opportunities the Army Reserve or Regular Army offer, then visit the Army Reserve Centre in Scarborough on 22nd November 2014.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Comedy Comes to The Coast: UK's Biggest Comedians Play Scarborough in 2015

Alan Carr

Next year looks sets to be a year to remember for fans of comedy in Scarborough, as some of the country's biggest comedians head to the seaside.

Starting in February Scarborough Spa will play host to the likes of Noel Fielding, Stewart Lee, Alan Carr, Roy Chubby Brown and Jimmy Carr.

The council owned venue, which benefited from a £6.5m refurbishment in 2011, is now managed by Sheffield International Venues (SIV), who took over in 2012.

SIV runs over 20 other conference and entertainment facilities, including City Hall and Don Valley Stadium, and it seems their little black book of contacts is paying dividends for Scarborough.

An Evening with Noel Fielding

Noel FieldingFirst up Mighty Boosh and IT Crowd star Noel Fielding hosts ‘An Evening with Noel Fielding’ at The Spa’s Grand Hall on Friday 6 February 2015.

Fielding, who is also well know as one of the regular captains on the BBC's Never Mind The Buzzcocks, promises a magical mix of 'unique' stand up, live animation and music on what will be his first live tour for five years.


Stewart Lee
May will see crowds entertained by controversial comedian, writer and director Stewart Lee as he brings his 'Room With a Stew' to The Spa.

The show, which is confirmed for Friday 15 May, will see Lee debuting his latest material in preparation for the next series of BBC2's 'Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle'.

Chatty Man

'Chatty Man' Alan Carr will also be appearing in sunny Scarborough next year as he brings his hilarious new 'Yap, Yap, Yap!' Tour to the seaside.

The hugely popular, multi-award winning comic and television personality is going back to his stand-up roots in 2015 with what's promised to be a hilarious new show on Friday 10 July.

Jo Ager, General Manager of Scarborough Spa said:

"It is great news for both for The Spa and Scarborough itself that such a well-loved TV personality like Alan Carr is set to visit the town. He is fantastically funny, warm and theatrical comedian and we are looking forward to an incredible night of comedy."

World’s Most Outrageous Comedian

Roy Chubby Brown
Roy Chubby Brown returns to Scarborough Spa's Grand Hall on Saturday 1 August with his unique brand of crude humour.

Billed as ‘The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian’ Brown's Dont Get Fit! Get Fat! Tour is sure to be packed with his usual outspoken views on news, women and gender - sailing as close to the mark as ever.

Great Night Out

Jimmy Carr
8 Out of 10 Cats presenter Jimmy Carr will also be returning to Scarborough Spa on Saturday 7 November 2015 with 'Funny Business'.

Billed as a great night out, packed with rude and offensive jokes, Carr's stand-up show is perhaps not one for those easily offended, especially as audience interaction is guaranteed.

Other shows of interest for comedy fans at Scarborough Spa include the regular Last Laugh Comedy Club which takes place every Saturday night and female comedy trio Fascinating Aïda, who are appearing on Saturday 21 February.

Tickets for the shows mentioned above are available from The Spa’s Box Office (01723) 821888 or online via

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The Dobson Agency: 50 Years of Photography

Dobson Agency Archive

A small editorial press and PR photography agency based in Scarborough is celebrating its half century this month.

The Dobson Agency have been supplying high quality images to some of the biggest newspapers and magazines in the world for a staggering 50 years, documenting some of the most memorable events in history.

Dennis Dobson
Dennis Dobson
Records suggest that the agency was created in November 1964 by the late Dennis Dobson. Today, 50 years on, Dobsons is run by Director and Photographer Keith Meatheringham.

An award winning photographer, Keith was born in Plymouth. He then moved to Cirencester, where he spent his childhood, but these day's Keith considers himself a local saying "After spending nearly half my life in Scarborough - I guess some might say I’m almost half Yorkshire man".

To celebrate the company's significant landmark Keith has plans to open up the companies historic image library to the public.

The plans involve a website archive of searchable images with a printing service available for anyone who wants to buy prints that catch their eye.

Keith Meatheringham
Keith Meatheringham
Speaking to Scarborough UK Keith Said:

"I came to work for the Agency back in 1994 and took it over around 10 years ago now. The business has changed slightly through the years, but our main source of income is providing creative photography for our many PR companies and magazines all over the UK, as well as for regional and national newspapers and other corporate and commercial clients too."

Keith has had photos published in pretty much every national newspaper. His images have even been published in newspapers all over the world including the USA, Canada, Australia, Thailand and many more.

Although Keith continues to be an active photographer himself, covering Yorkshire and the North of England, the business also has a network of over 100 photographers throughout the UK.

Scarborough Penthouse Club 1969

Talking of his time at The Dobson Agency Keith said:

"Editorial photography is the main part of the business and we must have covered over 16,000 jobs over the last 50 years with a photographic library containing over half a million images at least. Most is yet to be digitized, but we are making plans to start scanning in our archive of negatives dating back to the early 1960s soon."

Speaking of his plans to share the Dobson Agency archive Keith said:

"We are planning on using our social media platforms more to share our nostalgic images with others. We have already started sharing some of our historic photos from our earliest jobs back in 1964 and our plan is also to share regular ‘Fifty Years Ago This Week’ picture stories via our Twitter, Facebook and Blog."

The Yorkshire coast will feature heavily in the library including images of Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington and surrounding towns and villages.

Left: Scarborough Football Club. Right: Scout's Kontiki Raft Race on Scarborough Mere. Both 1964.

On top of this there will also be hundreds of other photos including famous faces, politicians, performers and even a few local celebrities too.

For more information on The Dobson Agency visit or conect with them on Twitter here @dobsonagency.
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