Monday, 22 December 2014

Key Locations For Tour de Yorkshire Confirmed

Tour de Yorkshire

The key start and finish line locations for the first ever Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race next year have been confirmed.

As we reported last week Scarborough has been confirmed as one of the six locations along with Bridlington, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York.

The new UCI-approved 2.1 Europe Tour race will be held on 1-3 May and is expected to become the flagship cycling event in the UK in 2015 attracting the world's top teams.

Full details of the exact route, including the role that Scarborough will play, are to be revealed on January 21st, 100 days before the race itself.

The Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014 generated over £100m for the Yorkshire economy and organisers, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) and Welcome to Yorkshire, are confident the new race will also help local businesses.

Cycling fanatics will have the opportunity to pave the way for the pro riders before the final stage of the race as a mass sportive event will be held on 3 May. Three distances and a women only Cycletta will also take place.
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Open Air Theatre Welcomes The 'First Lady of Musical Theatre'

Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige will perform at Scarborough Open Air Theatre on Saturday 11 July.

Known as the ‘First Lady of Musical Theatre’ Paige returns to Scarborough for the first time since 2006, when she performed at the Futurist Theatre, and will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

As an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster, Elaine Paige has performed in all over the world and is now concentrating on special 'one off' concerts, following her sold out 50th Anniversary Farewell UK tour.

Speaking of her appearance a the OAT the singer said:

"I’m really looking forward to making my return to Scarborough and to be performing with
the wonderful Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be such a thrill"

Probably best known for her chart topping hits Memory, Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and I Know Him So Well, Paige has recorded 21 solo albums in total earning eight consecutive gold discs and four multi-platinum.

In 1995 she was awarded an OBE for services to Musical Theatre by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, starring in more West End & Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation.

As well as continuing to perform Elaine also presents her own BBC Radio 2 show, which is now in its 10th year and attracts over 2 million listeners every week.

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

"It will be wonderful to welcome Elaine Paige to the Open Air Theatre and being a one off concert following her 50th anniversary tour will make it even more special."

"Musical fans young and old absolutely love Elaine’s performances and she is sure to put on a sensational performance not to be missed."

Tickets, priced at £32.50, go on sale on Friday 26 December and are available from The Sands office or by visiting, and

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Photos: Golf Ball Found INSIDE Tree at South Cliff Golf Club

Golf Ball Embedded in Tree

Greenkeepers at Scarborough's South Cliff Golf Club made an unusual discovery this week as they cut up wood between the 2nd & 13th fairways.

Whilst splitting logs from felled trees, young assistant greenkeeper Jack Sleight discovered a golf ball embedded inside a tree.

This unusual find is believed to be a result of a wayward tee shot, resulting in the ball becoming wedged in between the branches of a tree. Over the next 12-15 years, the tree then simply grew around the lost ball, encasing it within its trunk.

Golf Ball inside Tree

Talking to the Daily Mail, South Cliff Golf Club Manager Shaun Smith said:

"It's amazing. We think it's been hit and lodged in the 'V' of the tree, where the branch separates from the trunk, and the branch has just grown around it."

"I've never heard of this happening before. The chance of finding it at that exact point - where our greenkeeper cut the branch - must be a million to one really so it's quite a find."

The future of the unusual find is yet to be decided with the club considering whether to simply it on display or perhaps even use it as a trophy.

If anyone recognises the ball and would like it returning, you can make your case over on the South Cliff Golf Club page where an image of the lost ball has been posted.

Photography © Dobson Agency

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Scarborough Hit Hardest by Latest Government Cuts


Scarborough Council will see their overall spending power fall by 6.4% from next year, the biggest in England.

Spending power measures the overall revenue funding available for local authority services, including Council Tax, locally retained business rates and government grants.

Most local authority funding comes from central government, with about a quarter raised through council tax.

Scarborough council have made major savings over recent years but further cuts could see services like parks, libraries, road maintenance and bin collections suffer.

The map below, created by the BBC, shows how the latest reduction in spending power will affect local district and unitary authorities in 2015-16.

It does not include the shire counties - or county councils - in two-tier authority areas, which also face cuts in government money.

Main Image © y.fgl / Flickr

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Scarborough Hosts Two-Day Powerboat and Jet Ski Championships

P1 SuperStock Championship

Scarborough’s South Bay will be the venue for an exciting two-day race event at the end of May.

The P1 SuperStock powerboat championship and AquaX jet ski race series will be making its first ever visit to Scarborough over the weekend of 30-31 May 2015.

AquaX jet ski race series
The action promises to be fast and furious with race boats reaching speeds of up to 70mph and will be broadcast on Sky Sports TV.

As well offering a great vantage point to watch the racing itself, the West Pier and harbour area is expected to be a hive of activity as it hosts entertainment and stalls throughout the weekend.

P1 chief operating officer Robert Wicks said:

"The Queen of the Yorkshire Coast offers first class facilities and attractions and will be a great location to launch our 2015 season, which will see P1 racers and riders compete for national titles at five venues around the country, including Cardiff and Bournemouth, across the summer."

Cllr David Chance, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture said:

"We are absolutely delighted that Scarborough has been chosen by P1 for its season opener in 2015."

"Our tourism team has worked very hard behind the scenes to secure the crucial sponsorship required to deliver such a large scale event. We now look forward, with excitement, to working closely with the P1 team in the coming months to bring a truly first class spectacle to the Yorkshire coast."

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added:

"It is great news for the Yorkshire coast, and indeed the rest of Yorkshire, that Scarborough has been chosen to kick off the 2015 P1 powerboat season.  It promises to be the perfect showcase for what the stunning Yorkshire coast has to offer, and a world-class event of this scale is an exciting prospect for all."

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Scarborough Confirmed as Stage Hosts of Tour de Yorkshire after SBC Agree Contribution of £135k

Tour of Britain Cycle Race Scarborough

As we predicted back in July Scarborough has been confirmed as stage hosts of the first ever Tour de Yorkshire after Scarborough Council agreed a financial contribution of £135,000.

It is believed that Scarborough will host day two of the major new cycling event, although an official announcement confirming all stages of the three-day event is yet to be made.

The official route will be unveiled in January with the event itself set to take place on the first weekend of May. There are also plans for a women’s event as well as a mass participation ride for the public to join.

Race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amuary Sport Organisation (ASO) estimate that the Tour de Yorkshire will attract one million people to the region over the three days which Scarborough Council hope cabinet will more than offset the initial expense.

The ASO will provide specialist equipment such as big screens and podium stands, but Scarborough council will be expected to provide crowd barriers, toilets, power and water.

City of York Council has also committed £150,000 to the event, however it has said that the hosting fee to bring the tour to the city must be met by external funding.

Main image: © James Hunter / Twitter

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Safety Messages Stencilled on Scarborough Streets by Police

safety messages stencilled on scarborough streets

North Yorkshire Police have stenciled friendly safety messages on the streets of Scarborough today using a high pressure water jet.

The messages, designed to make people think about how much they drink are part of the force's 'Take Care at Christmas' campaign and include the messages "Don't tipple til u topple", "see your mates home safe" and "Going from bar to car? B seeing u..."

Rather than using paint, the words of warning have actually been etched into pavement dirt at key locations across the town.

As well as Scarborough, the messages can also be found on the streets of York. Historically these are are two of the busiest areas during the Christmas party season and are responsible for the the highest number of calls to North Yorkshire Police as a result of people drinking too much.

Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: "The stencils are a great way to get our messages direct to the people we need to target.

"I hope the messages strike a chord with party goers and make them think about their own safety, getting home safe and looking after their friends."

The messages have been stencilled in York Place, Falconers Road, Harcourt Place, St Thomas Street and St Nicholas Street.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Remember Scarborough: Centenary of WWI Attack

grand hotel 1914

Exactly 100 years ago today, at 08:00, a fleet of German battlecruisers opened fire on Scarborough.

After 30 minutes and over 750 shells the guns fell silent, leaving a scene of total devastation.

That day 18 people died in Scarborough as a result of the attack by the Imperial German Navy and around more 200 were left injured.

Scarborough Lighthouse 1914
The bombardment was was the first attack on British soil since the start of the First World War and was attempt to draw out small sections of the British fleet in a bid to trap and destroy them.

Many properties were destroyed or damaged including the Castle, the Grand Hotel, the Royal Hotel, Lighthouse and several churches.

The Falsgrave Road and Gladstone Road area is thought to have suffered the most during the attack with almost half of the fatalities recorded in this area.

Approximately one hour later, on their way to rendezvous with the rest of their battle group who had attacked Hartlepool, the same German battlecruisers opened fire on Whitby. A further seven people were killed.

Remember Scarborough
Such was the public outrage caused by the bombardment of Scarborough the Government decided to use event as part of a British propaganda with the words 'Remember Scarborough' used on several army recruitment campaigns.

Today the hundredth anniversary of the attack will be remembered by a number of special one-off events.

A civic ceremony will take place in the Town Hall gardens at 07.55 and a maroon will be fired from Scarborough Castle after the name of each of the victims is read out.

Scarborough Castle will also be lit up during the ceremony and a flotilla of boats will be stationed outside the harbour.

Another service will be held at St Mary’s Church at 11am, where wreaths will be laid by two special guests from Germany.

At 13.30 the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery and guests, including 18 schoolchildren, will lay a wreath on a newly constructed commemorative cairn at the cemetery where 17 of the victims of the Bombardment are buried, many in unmarked graves.

Scarborough Castle is offering free admission throughout the day where there will be an opportunity to explore the castle’s connections with the Bombardment. From 15.30 the keep will be illuminated with a large poppy and at 17.00 a beacon of light will be lit.

The victims of the bombardment of Scarborough, 16 December 1914

  • Leonard Ellis, porter, (age 47) Londesborough Road
  • Harry Frith, delivery driver, (age 45),1 Bedford Street
  • Alfred Beal, postman, (age 41) 50 Raleigh Street
  • Margaret Briggs, maid, (age 29) Filey Road
  • John Shields Ryalls (age 14 Months) 22 Westbourne Park
  • Miss Bertha McIntyre, insurance agent, (age 42) 22 Westbourne Park
  • Mrs Johanna Bennett, housewife, (age 58) 22 Westbourne Park
  • Albert Bennett, driver with army, (age 22) 2 Wykeham Street
  • John Christopher H Ward (age 9) 2 Wykeham Street
  • George James Barnes (age 9) 2 Wykeham Street
  • John Hall, architect, (age 65) 28 Westbourne Park
  • Mrs Emily Lois Merryweather (age 30) 43 Prospect Road
  • George Harland Taylor, boy scout, (age 15) 45 North Street
  • Mrs Mary Prew, widow, (age 60) 17a Belle Vue Street
  • Mrs Ada Crow, maid, (age 28) 124 Falsgrave Road
  • Miss Edith Crosby, maid, (age 39) 1 Belvedere Road
  • Mrs Alice Duffield, housewife, (age 38) Esplanade
  • Mr Harry Harland, shoemaker - died a few days later in hospital

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Scarborough's Diamond: The SJT Celebrates 60 Years

Aside from regular theatregoers, it's unlikely that many people who pass by the Stephen Joseph Theatre each day know much about its history, but it's been a part of our town for almost 60 years.

stephen joseph 60th anniversary

Established in 1955, by the pioneer of "theatre in the round" Stephen Joseph, the SJT celebrates its diamond jubilee next year and is celebrating with a special programme of events.

Early in the year the SJT will undergo a £350k redevelopment project to bring its props and wardrobe facilities on-site an to create a brand new outreach centre, enabling the theatre to expand its work with the local community.

Highlights include a revival of Alan Ayckbourn's 1974 play Confusions, the world premiere of Ayckbourn's new play Hero’s Welcome, a diamond jubilee special production of the The Woman In Black directed by Robin Herford and a revival of Tim Firth's Neville's Island which was originally produced by the company in 1992 and has gone on to achieve global recognition.

Several original SJT productions will also be returning home in 2015 and a host of special guests will be joining the theatre for a series of fringe events throughout the year including play readings, talks, exhibitions, master classes and more.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre was the first theatre in the round in Britain and was originally located on the first floor of the Public Library. In 1976 the theatre moved to a 'temporary' home on the ground floor of the former Scarborough Boys' High School - now Westwood Campus.

Today the theatre occupies the site of the former Odeon cinema, where it has resided since 1996.

More events celebration the SJT's diamond jubilee will be announced throughout the year. To keep up to date visit

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Your Photos: When The Coca Cola Truck Came to Scarborough

coca cola truck in scarborough

This weekend saw the world famous Coca Cola Truck roll into town.

Hundreds of people flocked to Scarborough to see the instantly recognisable, red juggernaut parked up in the town centre.

As well as having the rare opportunity to get up-close to the Coca Cola Christmas Truck, shoppers were also treated to free cans of Coke.

If you weren't lucky enough to see the Coca Cola Truck for yourself, then check out these great photos taken by some of our readers.

Main image © Dobson Agency
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