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Get Ready For Boxing Day: Scarborough's Favourite Day of The Year

Scarborough Boxing Day Raft Race

For many Boxing Day in Scarborough is their favourite day of the year.

Eagerly anticipated, often months in advance, Boxing Day in Scarborough is a day when the whole town goes out. It's a time to catch up with old friends, enjoy a drink together and prolong the festivities for as long as possible.

Tradition has it that this annual happening was originally termed 'Ladies Day'. It was a day the fishermen's wives were granted a well deserved day off, after working so hard to prepare for the family Christmas. The local pubs would opened and the ladies of the town would head out for a drink whilst the men stayed at home.

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These days it's a day for everyone. Pubs open early and are literally packed with revelers throughout the entire day. Many folk head down to the seafront pubs, the traditional starting point for for the Boxing Day binge, where there are also several unique events held each year to keep the crowds entertained.

The Fishermen versus Firemen Boxing day football match kicks off at 10:30am on Scarborough's South Bay beach - Firemen being the stokers from the old steam trawlers. The match is Scarborough's oldest surviving custom, having first being first played on Christmas Day in 1893, and is held to raise money for local people in need.

The two teams will be serenaded by the Comic Band as they parade down Newborough before the match and will be collection for the Fishermen and Firemen Charity Fund along the way.

After the fun of the football the unusual entertainment continues with the Boxing Day Raft Race at the harbour. Organised by the Sub Aqua Club, the annual fancy-dress raft race starts at approximately 12:30pm.

Each year crowds flock to the harbourside to watch the teams battle to win the race on their home-made rafts - often pelting their competitors with eggs & flour along the way.

Spectators are advised to get there in good time if they want to see the action with crowds of up to 2,000 people expected at this years event.

Boxing Day in Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Boxing Day at Scarborough beach 2008

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