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A Festival of Yorkshire, Scarborough - Yorkshire Day and beyond
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
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
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 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
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
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
For further information about the festival, visit www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/yorkshirefestival