Seals need towels

The animal care team at Scarborough Sea Life and Marine Sanctuary wants to get its hands on your dirty laundry…again!

Working with rescued seal pups is a messy business, requiring a large stock of old towels.

“We need towels to throw over the pups’ heads to subdue them when they’re receiving treatment,” explained seal expert Lyndsey Crawford.

“They’re also invaluable for mopping up afterwards and quickly get sodden with dirty fishy-smelling and often bloody sea water.”

Consequently the Sanctuary gets through more towels than the average holiday hotel…and is currently down to its last small bundle.

Local residents threw in their old towels by the bag full to help the seal team a year ago, and now the Sanctuary is once more appealing to their generosity.

“If anyone’s got any old towels they were planning to throw out, we’d be very grateful if they could drop them off here instead,” said Lyndsey.

“It doesn’t matter if they’re a bit threadbare or even a bit grubby, because if they’re not they soon will be.”

The Sanctuary has recently taken in four abandoned and sickly seal pups and is rehabilitating them back to health in their Seal Hospital .

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Armed Forces Day 2014 Programme

Armed Forces Day Programme 28th June
  • 11:30am – 1 Bn Yorkshire Regiment Freedom Parade led by the Royal Corps of Signals march through the town
  • 12:00pm – Freedom Parade arrives at Southbay for civic formalities
  • 12:10pm – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (flypast)
  • 12:30pm – Freedom Parade steps off from Formal Area** to fall out at Sandside
  • 13:00pm – Marching Yorkshire Volunteers Band perform at Sandside
  • 13:30pm – Beach Boot-camp demonstration
  • 13:45pm – T.S. Scarborough Sea Cadets demonstration at Sandside
  • 14:15pm – Vulcan Bomber (display) with commentary
  • 14:30pm – Army Cadets demonstration at Sandside, Marching Yorkshire Volunteers Band perfom at Formal Area**
  • 15:00pm – RAF Tucano (display)
  • 15:30pm – Air Cadets demonstration at Sandside
  • 15:45pm – RNLI/SEAKing display with RNLI commentary
  • 16:00pm – Standards, Veterans and Cadets muster at Sandside
  • 16:15pm – Standards, Veterans and Cadets Parade led by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band
  • 16:30pm – Review of Standards, Veterans and Cadets Parade at Formal Area**
  • 16:40pm – Presentation of AFD Flag to Veteran (with citation)
  • 16:45pm – Service of Thanksgiving led by the Vicar of Scarborough
  • 17:00pm – South Bay events end
  • 18:00pm – Armed Forces Day Twilight Naval Warfare Show at Peasholm Park, North Bay
  • 19:30pm – Last Night of the Proms concert at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, North Bay

Scarborough Open Air Theatre Acts 2014

JESSIE J
Saturday 25th June 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Brit Award winning global singing sensation. Jessie J, will be bringing her explosive performance to Scarborough Open Air. Fans will be wowed by one of Jessie’s legendary performances as part of her 2014 touring schedule when she takes to the stage in the beautiful surroundings of Europe’s largest open air theatre, Jessie will perform many of her hit songs, including recent material from her second album, ‘Alive’.

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MCBUSTED
Saturday 27th June 2014

£39 per ticket (on sale now)

Scarborough Borough Council in association with National Holidays is delighted to announce that poop supergroup, McBusted will take to the stage of Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

Fans can expect a shamelessly nostalgic set full of everyone’s favourite Busted and McFly hits, with a few surprise gems thrown into the mix.

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LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS SPECTACULAR
Saturday 28th June 2014

£28 per ticket (on sale now)

On Saturday 28 June 2014 Welsh singer and television and radio broadcaster Aled Jones will cost and perform in a spectacular Last Night of the Proms concert, featuring the beautiful and harmonious voices of the Military Wives Choirs York, Britain’s most exciting young mezzo soprano Laura Wright and Welsh male choral group Only Men Aloud.  Musical accompaniment will be provided by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) and the concert will finish with a grand firework finale.

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LITTLE MIX & SCOUTING FOR GIRLS
Saturday 24th July 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Since being crowned winners of The X Factor at the end of 2011, the first group to do so in the competition’s eight year history, Little Mix has sold more than three million singles and two million albums worldwide.  A second UK Number 1 in September 2012 with first single proper, Wings, was followed in June 2013 by the band’s album, DNA.  DNA became the highest debut ever for a British female group’s first album, entering at Number 4 and eclipsing a sixteen-year-old record previously held by the Spice Girls ‘Spice’ album.

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STATUS QUO RETURN!
Saturday 12th July 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Following a sell out concert this summer at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, Scarborough Borough Council in association with National Holidays are delighted to announce that the truly legendary Status Quo, one of the world’s greatest ever rock bands, will perform at the venue again during the 2014 season.

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BOYZONE
Saturday 26th July 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

Join Ronan, Mikey, Keith and Shane and be a part of Boyzone’s BZ20 – The Anniversary Tour live at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

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LEGENDS OF POP
Saturday 2nd August 2014

£35 per ticket (on sale now)

‘Legends of Pop’ starring Bananarama, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley, Sonia, Hazell Dean, Brother Beyond’s Nathan Moore and Undercover, is set to transport the audience bak in time to the dizzy heights of the electric pop era.

Baby Bull Huss born as annual shark event begins

After 9 months of waiting, two Bull Huss shark eggs hatched just ahead of Scarborough Sea Life Centre celebrating its annual Shark Week event.

Bull_HussAt just two weeks old and measuring approximately 10cm, the newest arrivals showcase an important breeding programme to help protect this vulnerable species.

“Their timing really couldn’t have been better” said Displays Curator, Lyndsey Crawford.

“During our annual Shark Week event, we want to show our guests that sharks are magnificent creatures and actually need protection.

In the eventuality that the population of Bull Huss in the wild drops to a critical level, the breeding programme we are part of will release sharks to help keep this species prominent in the waters” she continued.

Three more baby Bull Huss eggs are due to hatch imminently.

Bull Huss can be found in the North Sea and face threats from overfishing and pollution.

Shark Week will continue at Scarborough Sea Life Centre throughout the October half term holidays.

Be a part of Orpheus the Mariner with Scarborough Museums Trust this half-term

Family activities at Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum this half-term revolve around Orpheus the Mariner, the spectacular community puppet performance from Scarborough theatre company Animated Objects which will take place in the town next February 14th and 15thOrpheus the Mariner will feature giant puppets, live music and over 750 local performers (www.orpheusthemariner.co.uk).

From Tuesday 29 October to Friday 1 November, you can take part in a variety of free, fun workshops at both venues:

Lantern-making at Scarborough Art Gallery
Lanterns will be a major part of Orpheus the Mariner, and audience members are encouraged to bring their own to join the celebration.

Why not come along to one of our lantern-making sessions at the Art Gallery and make your own lantern that you can bring along to the performance.

Drop-in sessions each day from 10am to 12 noon – please  bring your own pop bottle!

Giant construction at Scarborough Art Gallery
Orpheus the Mariner will feature a world record attempt to make the tallest puppet ever seen. Have a go at making part of this colossal construction with artist Dawn Dyson-Threadgold, using lightweight materials and a combination of traditional and modern techniques. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced makers.

Drop-in sessions each day from 1pm to 4pm.

Giant ammonite sculpting at the Rotunda Museum
Join us at the Rotunda Museum for a drop-in session on a truly giant scale with artist Lee Threadgold, working towards the construction of a larger-than-life ammonite that will feature as part of the Orpheus the Mariner community project. Using a number of different sculptural techniques and materials, this is a great opportunity to get involved with art on a large scale among the inspiring fossils on display, and is suitable for both beginners and more experienced artists.

Drop-in sessions each day from 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm.

Seal release planned to make room for busy rescue season

Four seals will be released back into the wild in quick succession in a bid to free up some much needed space at Scarborough Sea Life centre ahead of what is proving to be a busy seal rescue season.

The grey seals rescued earlier this year have now reached the optimum weight to be able to survive back in the wild and the release mission will begin on Monday 12th August as the centre prepares to wave goodbye to Marvel and Master Chief.

Pacman and Daisy will follow swiftly a week later. Both release missions will take place at a seal colony in Lincolnshire.

“We are seeing a high volume of calls about common seals in distress across the coast and within a week, we have two patients in the Seal Hospital” said Displays Curator Lyndsey Crawford.

“Not only are the grey seals ready to be released but we could really do with the space in the main seal pools for what could prove to be a busy rescue season” Lyndsey continued.

The first casualties of the common seal breeding season have been named after ice creams in honour of the warm weather Scarborough is experiencing of late.

Fab and Solero are currently undergoing treatment after suffering a similar fate of exhaustion, malnutrition and viral infections.

The advice to anyone who comes across an injured or abandoned seal pup is to remain a safe distance away, try to stay quiet and call Scarborough Sea Life centre on 01723 373414 with as much information as possible about the condition of the seal and its location.

Penguin chick cools off with first bird bath!

A baby penguin has enjoyed its first cooling swim…after sitting out the heatwave waiting patiently for its feathers to grow. penguin_shower

The sweltering chick could scarcely have timed things better, acquiring its fully water-proof adult plumage just as the thermometer nudged 30-degrees at the Scarborough Sea Life Centre.

Born on May 4th to first-time parents Mavis and Nestor, the newest member of the Centre’s Humboldt penguin colony is the sixth baby penguin born there.

“We were lucky enough to witness his first swim,” said displays supervisor Lyndsey Crawford.

“He stretched out his wings and seemed to be inspecting them. Then he teetered on the edge of the pool for a few minutes as if unsure whether to go for it or not.

“Then he dived in beak first and started jetting around underwater with all the grace and agility of the older birds.

“You could say he took to it like a penguin to water!”

Lyndsey and her colleagues have also set up a shower for the penguins, helping them stay cool when resting out of the water.

“The new chick seems to enjoy the spray just as much as having a swim,” said Lyndsey. “It lends a whole new meaning to the term ‘baby shower.’”

A great British view from the Scarborough Collections

A Victorian photograph from the Scarborough Collections is to feature in the popular ITV programme Rory Bremner’s Great British Views on Wednesday 8 May.

The image, by an unknown photographer and showing the South Bay thronged with boats, and a family making sandcastles in the foreground, will be shown in the second half of the programme during which presenter Rory Bremner visits Scarborough.

Joanna Lewis of Shiver TV, the production company behind Rory Bremner’s Great British Views, says: “The photo comes up as he’s talking about how Scarborough became a well-known holiday resort in the UK for Victorian holidaymakers after the railways were built.”

Scarborough Museums Trust Head of Collections Karen Snowden said: “This is a wonderful picture showing a Scarborough long gone – we were delighted to lend it to Shiver TV for this great series.”

Rory Bremner’s Great British Views can be seen on ITV at 2pm each weekday until 10 May. It follows the impressionist, satirist, and writer on a personal tour of the British Isles celebrating sweeping vistas of the rolling countryside, dramatic coastlines, historic buildings and architectural cityscapes.

Along the way, Rory immerses himself in the local culture finding out how the landscape is used today, learning about its surprising history and heritage, and its charming past and present inhabitants. He also unveils other vistas in the region, discovering plenty of unfamiliar facts about Britain and revealing the places that are close to his own heart.

The Scarborough Collections is the name given to all the museum objects acquired by the Borough of Scarborough over the years, now in the care of Scarborough Museums Trust. They are used by researchers including professional and amateur academics, freelance writers, television production companies and students studying art, costume design, geology, history and tourism.

40 years of celebration on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

1 May 2013 and 3-12 May 2013

Spring sees the North Yorkshire Moors Railway reach the age of 40 and to celebrate this milestone, the NYMR has planned a special anniversary day and a 10 day festival to mark the occasion.

On the 01 May 1973 the Duchess of Kent travelled by special Royal Train to officially open the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Grosmont and Pickering. With trains now also running through to Whitby, the railway has developed to become the world’s most popular heritage railway, visited and enjoyed by almost 350,000 people each year.

40 years to the day on Wednesday 01 May 2013, a special train will run from Whitby hauled by K1 2-6-0 No 62005. It is hoped that the newly over-hauled ‘Lambton, Hetton & South Joicey Colliery’ tank No 29 (one of the engines that worked the royal train in 1973) will double-head the train at Grosmont to make the picturesque journey along the line to Pickering. The fare for travel on and the special train is £40 and includes a special souvenir ticket signed by the original Royal Train crew, a glass of sparkling wine and a slice of celebration cake.

One of the original royal train drivers is Chris Cubitt who has been an active volunteer and member since the earliest days, and today is vice-chairman of the owning North York Moors Historical Railway Trust. He explains, “The 40th Anniversary day and festival that will follow is a great chance to celebrate everything that has helped the railway develop, during our first 40 years.”

The 10 day NYMR 40th Anniversary Festival will take place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 12th May and will focus on the locomotives that have contributed to the history of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Highlights include a visit by LNER B1 No1306 ‘Mayflower’ and visits back home by the 62005 and J72 No 69023 ‘Joem’.

The home based fleet will be headed up by the 112mph record holding streamlined Pacific ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ 60007, the fastest steam locomotive since World War 11, and the only other surviving B1 locomotive of 407 originally built, No 61264  – making a first special event appearance since the engine’s overhaul.

Philip Benham, General Manager said, “We believe this is the first time both surviving B1 locos have appeared together on a heritage railway. These were the very last class of steam locomotive to work the line for British Railways prior to closure in 1965, so should be an exciting spectacle to see.”

The Festival will also feature 3 LMS Black 5s, including 44871 and 45407, and the North Eastern Railway Saloon coach that featured as the “Old Gentleman’s Coach” from the 1970 film “The Railway Children” coupled up to ‘Joem’ (at a special supplement). Demonstration freight trains will run on various days throughout the event. There will be a chance to travel in style through the heart of the North York Moors including historic pre-war teak carriages, or passengers can upgrade to First Class Travel in recently refurbished compartment seats.

If all that wasn’t enough there will be a special Pie and Peas supper on the Esk Valley route to Battersby departing from Grosmont at 19.50 on Monday 6 May, which can be booked online www.nymr.co.uk. This is the perfect chance to sample the Railways new 40th Anniversary Ale and one of only a few times in 2013 to enjoy an NYMR steam journey on the Esk Valley Line. Scarborough & District Railway Modellers will be displaying a model railway exhibition in the Learning Centre on Platform 2 on the 11-12th May featuring Haymarket Cross (as seen in Hornby & BRM magazines) Rumbling Bridge, Heron Lane & Glengary.

Adult day rover tickets start from £23. Book your NYMR 40 Festival tickets online now www.nymr.co.uk. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is open every day from 22nd March – 3rd November. For more information please call 01751 472508, book online www.nymr.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @NYMR and Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway.