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A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough - Yorkshire Day and beyond

A Festival of Yoprkshire, Scarborough.More than 150 Mayors, civic leaders and members of The Yorkshire Society from across Yorkshire are expected to parade along Scarborough’s seafront as part of Yorkshire Day celebrations in the town on the first day of “A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough” tomorrow (1 August).


Led by The Yorkshire Volunteers Band, the dignitaries will head out from the Spa at around 10.15am on Wednesday 1 August and will make their way along Foreshore Road to the West Pier before they are taken by waiting coaches for a formal service at St Mary’s Church.


The band, meanwhile, will head back along Foreshore Road and make their way to the St Nicholas Gardens where they will give a public 30-minute concert from 11.30am, before they head to the Spa, giving another public performance as they parade across The Spa Bridge at 12.10pm.


Following the church service, dignitaries will return to the Spa for a lunch reception, with recently crowned Yorkshire Man of the Year - Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Gary Verity - the guest speaker, before guests enjoy a performance of Tony Peers’ Seaside Special show. Costs are being covered by sponsorship and guests are paying for their attendance.


The Mayor’s Parade will follow a special raising of the Yorkshire flag ceremony in the Town Hall gardens at 9am, when Town Crier, Alan Booth MBE, will read the official Yorkshire declaration.


Welcome to Yorkshire Area Director, Janet Deacon, said: “This is shaping up to be a brilliant festival. We’re delighted that so many dignitaries are coming to Scarborough and we hope many will stick around to sample some of the events that are taking place on Yorkshire Day and throughout A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough.”


Yorkshire Day will mark the first day of a four day Made in Yorkshire exhibition at Scarborough Spa which will showcase the creativity and talent in the region.


Throughout the day there is also Flat Cap Frisbee Golf at Scarborough Castle and there’s free entry to Scarborough Art Gallery and Rotunda Museum to anyone who can demonstrate their Yorkshire stature. The town’s tourist information centres are getting behind Yorkshire Day with various competitions and chances to win free entry to a number of Scarborough attractions.


At 11am on Yorkshire Day, the world-famous Spa Orchestra will be performing a free concert in the Suncourt. And at 7.30pm, the North York Moors National Park Authority is showcasing Terrarium, Dance In A Bubble at Wykeham Abbey, as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.


In Filey, there’s free entry to the Filey Museum all day, and between 11am and 4pm, visitors are invited to visit a tepee on the seafront to find out about Yorkshire’s Victorian national seaweed expert and her visits to the town; discover Yorkshire sea creatures through a microscope; and find out how to eat from the sea in true Yorkshire fashion – for free.


There’s also a special guided history walk along Filey Crescent from 2pm, with visitors asked to meet in the main entrance of the Evron Centre.


Activities associated with “A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough” continue throughout Thursday 2 August with the second day of the Made in Yorkshire Exhibition at Scarborough Spa; a Yorkshire Book Day at Scarborough Library where well known Yorkshire authors including Mike Pannett and Andy Seed will be giving talks and readings; and a Gala Yorkshire Concert at Scarborough Spa, with the Spa Orchestra, beginning at 7.30pm.


The Made in Yorkshire Exhibition continues at The Spa on Friday 3 August and there’s also a Scarborough sausage competition at the Indoor Market Hall and Vaults in St Helen’s Square, where butchers from across town will be competing with their Yorkshire sausages for the title of Scarborough’s Ultimate Banger!


On Saturday 4 August, there’s more from The Made in Yorkshire Exhibition at Scarborough Spa, plus a special fairy tales and printmaking workshop organised by Crescent Arts, based around David Hockney’s illustrations for Grimm’s Fairy Tales – though places are limited.


“A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough” reaches a climax on Sunday 5 August, with Scarborough Sings Together from 2pm in the Spa Sun Court, described as “Yorkshire’s last night of the proms”, featuring 10 choirs and groups from different age groups and genres; and The Wykeham Gathering at The Downe Arms in Wykeham which runs from early afternoon until late, with a host of Yorkshire-based acoustic musicians, brought together by the team behind Scarborough’s hugely popular Acoustic Gathering.


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