Big Night Out at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre

A ‘Big Night Out’ featuring a galaxy of stars from The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice is being brought to Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre this summer.

The line-up includes Amelia Lily and The Risk from The X Factor 2011; Loveable Rogues, The Mend and Scarborough-born Dalek impersonator Martyn Crofts from this year’s Britain’s Got Talent Contest; and Jaz Ellington and Max Milner from The Voice UK 2012.

The show on Saturday 18th August will also feature one of the most recognisable voiceover artists in the UK – Peter Dickson who is the voice of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent.

‘Big Night Out’ tickets go on sale at 9am this Saturday (30 June) at a special early bird reduced rate of £20 tickets bought in July, rising to the full price of £24 in August, with 2,500 tickets for the best seats available locally in Scarborough.

Under-14s who want to buy tickets from the Escape to the Sands offices, must be accompanied by an adult.

Janet Deacon, Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire which is supporting the Open Air Theatre, said: “it’s fantastic to see some of the most recognisable television talent contestants in the country brought together for his one-off show – we think this caliabre contempory modern acts will appeal to a huge varitey of people, including families who just a few months ago may have sat together to watch these acts on TV.

David Archer, Strategic Director for Scarborough Borough Council, added: “We have been working extremely hard to put on quality acts at the Open Air Theatre this summer which will appeal to a wide audience.

“It was amazing to have an icon like Dionne Warwick perform in the theatre; John Barrowman was a great success; there’ll be a full house for Olly Murs on 15 July; Russell Watson on 4 August is going to be an incredible show; and we’re closing the season on 25 August with JLS who are possibly the biggest boyband in the world right now.

“It’s great we have been able to add even more talented acts to this summer’s line-up from some of the most watched television shows in the last 12 months and who, if past experience is anything to go by, could very well follow in the footsteps of Olly Murs and JLS.”

Free entertainment at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Free afternoon entertainment will be staged at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre throughout the summer holidays, it has been announced.

In what is being billed as family-orientated music and variety, NAP Music Productions will present Sunshine Showtime with James Aconley and Friends – an afternoon show of music, song and dance on Mondays and Thursdays from 23 July until 30 August; with all-round entertainer Gary T Davies taking the limelight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the same period with his show, Family Funtime With Gary T, which will also feature the Hatton School of Performing Arts. All the shows will begin at 2pm and no admission will be charged.

Scarborough Borough Council Strategic Director, David Archer, said: “This is another example of this council’s commitment to entertainment at the Open Air Theatre and gives residents and visitors an extra reason to enjoy Scarborough.

“We have said for some time that we wanted to see the Open Air Theatre used more in the summer months and I’m delighted we have been able to bring James and Gary on board. “This is also a great opportunity for local singers and dancers to get involved and enjoy some big-stage experience which could lead to other opportunities for them in the future.”

Gary, who will perform a routine of character-based comedy, song and impressions, learned his trade in holiday centres. He worked his way up to become a highly respected performer and entertainment manager for Haven Holidays before returning to the cabaret world.

His characterisations of  Elvis Presley, Shrek, Bob the Builder, The Blues Brothers, Ali G, Lady Gone GaGa, Jedward and Freddie Mercury have been dubbed “a side splitting laughter experience which few acts can achieve and is sure to have any audience talking about The Gary T Davies Experience long after the final curtain”.

He said: “It will be a buzz to perform at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre. It’s a venue with a proud history of variety and summer shows and I’m delighted to be involved.”

James, who has sung in theatres across the region and has his own cabaret show which he performs in hotels and restaurants, will be singing – along with his cast – songs from Glee, High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Michael Buble, Take That, One Direction and Olly Murs, with numbers from British pop legends and children’s music also included. The show will feature a selection from community and youth groups and will be backed up by dancers from the Scarborough Dance Centre.

James says he is particularly looking forward to the relaxed format, where visitors can “just walk into the open air theatre at any time” to watch the shows. “I’m particularly excited about the community element of the show and the opportunity that’s available to local groups to perform in a venue of this size,” he added. “We will be using local performers and we are also planning a segment in the middle of the show where the very best talent from local schools and dance groups will be able to perform. Local schools who would like to put forward their best singers and dancers for consideration can email me at”

Acoustic Gathering 2012

Now in its seventh year, Acoustic Gathering is back and bigger than ever.

Only costing £15 on Saturday and £5 on Sunday, you will be hard pressed to find a cheaper event with this calibre of musicians.

The Lighting Seeds, Chris Helme, Mark Stanley and the Field Notes will be performing from 6PM on Saturday 8th September.

On Sunday you can enjoy the likes of 3 Daft Monkeys, John Hutchinson & The Sultans of Thwing, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts and many more. It only costs £5 for an all-day ticket. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free.

Tickets can be bought via, or in-store at Mojo’s Café.

Art Summer Holiday Workshops for Children this August

Lisa Riley is running arts and craft workshops on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings 10am-12 noon during August at a cost of £15 per child to include all materials and in the case of the clay workshops will include the firing of their work. The workshops are for children aged 6-12 years and spaces are limited to 8 children per session.

Week One
Wed 1st – Creative Clay (1) hand building techniques, coil and pinch pots
Thur 2nd – Traditional Weaving & Braiding Workshop
Fri 3rd – Paper Making / Paper Pulp

Week Two
Wed 8th – Creative Clay (2) decoration methods
Thur 9th – Felting Fun
Fri 10th – Bead & Wire Creations

Week Three
Wed 15th – Creative Clay (3) models
Thur 16th – Modroc Sculptures
Friday 17th – Printing Workshop

Week Four
Wed 22nd – Creative Clay (1) hand building techniques, coil & pinch pots
Thur 23rd – Traditional Weaving and Braiding Workshop
Fri 24th – Felting Fun

Week Five
Wed 29th – Creative Clay (2) decoration methods
Thur 30th – Bead & Wire Workshop
Fri 31st – Paper Making / Paper Pulp

There is more information about the workshops and what they entail on my website:

A qualified teacher with a BA QTS in art and design, C.R.B. checked and have public liability insurance with SSA (The Society for All Artists)
The workshops run from her home studio on Stepney Road in Scarborough.

I also run after-school classes in art and also a clay club.

Call: 07547 348814
Website is

Something different for the weekend (Westwood Studio Theatre)

Westwood Studio Theatre, Valley Bridge Parade, Scarborough.
23 June & 1 July at 7:30pm
Tickets £8.50 or £6.50 Concessions.

Journeyman Theatre Company are coming to Scarboroughwith “LIFE CHOICES”, an evening of theatre unlike anything seen locally for a long time.  Prepare to be stimulated, challenged, excited and entertained!

TONGUES, a beautifully crafted and evocative piece, sees actor Dan Welch and musician Ernest Acquah take us on a journey of voices.  Seventeen different characters (at least!) show us flashes of the most significant moments of their lives and deaths, challenging us to think about what is really important and maybe inspiring a newfound love of life.

TRIANGLE, by James Saunders (a contemporary and associate of Pinter and Ayckbourn is essentially a piece of experimental theatre.  With humour and adult themes Dan Welch takes us into the tortured mind of an actor without a script with hilarious and tragic results.  You won’t be sitting comfortably!

“For me, Saunders is one of the giants of British theatre.  Risky, Quirky and with wit that can flash like a kingfisher’s wing.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with all three creatives before.  Modesty, dedication and deep talent makes for a heavy brew.  Dan is quite simply my current favourite actor.  I’ve taught him at drama school and he’s one of the smartest risk takers on stage.  One day you might just mention you were there!”

Paul Elsam – Director, Actor & Author of best-selling “Acting Characters”

“Evocative and compelling”
Mary Luckhurst – Playwright


Westwood Studio Theatre, Valley Bridge Parade, Scarborough.
23 June & 1 July at 7:30pm
Tickets £8.50 or £6.50 Concessions.
Available from Tourist Information, BrunswickPavillion.

Cloned Workstations Not showing in WSUS? Troublshooting WSUS

Did you clone some machines?

You may find that some of the machines that do not show up in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) just happen to be machines that you cloned? Or a machine broke and you recreated it by cloning another machine?

Other Sympthoms You May Get which have the same fix.

  • Computers randomly disappearing – reappearing into the WSUS console.
  • Computer will receive updates, but not report into the server properly (if at all!).

Why does this happen?

Each computer on a network requires a SID (Security IDentifier), which uniquely describes that computer account to the rest of the Windows network resources – supposedly not as big of an issue with computers in a domain environment as it is with workgroups.  However, it is best to avoid this issue at all costs.

If you clone a PC the OS and such is copied to the new PC, and you change the windows product key, office ect.. The windows SID used by WSUS DOES NOT CHANGE WITH THE PRODUCT KEY CHANGE! 🙁

The PC you just cloned now has the same SID for WSUS as the original PC, so you can now see why you may be getting any of the afore mentioned sympthoms.

Do I have this Problem? 🙂

The Microsoft team have a tool called “PsGetSid” the link is below.

Run this on the machines you have an issue with and comfirm that you are running duplicate keys first.

It is a great tool to verify the issue.

Run it from CMD Prompt to see the result.

One or Two Machines Cloned?

Just delete the following keys in the registry and reboot the PC

  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAccountDomainSid
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdatePingID
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateSusClientId

Then run “PsGetSid” to confirm the SID has changed.

Lots of Machines Cloned?

To get round this you will need to run a script for each machine at logon, there is a guide here on how to run logon scripts.


Once you know how to run a script at logon you will need to compile a script to perform the changes needed to the registry automatically at login by deleting the following keys

  •  HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAccountDomainSid
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdatePingID
  • HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateSusClientId

Using a script when the PC is at Logon means that you will also need to stop services, then delete the keys then start the services again.

Therefore, the script will need to be a little more complex than just a bunch of REG DELETE commands.

I first did a lot of reading up on the issue on various “quality websites” (not everything on the web is useful! or true!)

In the end I used a modified login script per below which I copied into a .txt file and then changed the .txt suffix to .bat which was subsequently ran at logon.

Any way you run the below script at you own risk, no warranty is given or implied for the below script in any way or form!

Please read this script and get an understanding of each stage of the process that the bat file goes through and you will see how it works and so you can even write your own solution, my BAT file was called “FixMy_WSUS.bat”


REM ** Start FixMy_WSUS.bat script  Echo This little bat file will stop services, delete the required REG keys, re-register the windows update components, restart the required services. Then initiate windows update detetction cycle.

@echo on

echo stopping Windows Update cpmponents and deleting logs..

net stop wuauserv /y

net stop bits /y

rmdir c:windowsSoftwareDistribution /S /Q

del C:WindowsWindowsUpdate.log /S /Q

echo deleting the registry keys..

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v AccountDomainSid /f

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v PingID /f

REG Delete “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v SusClientId /f

REG Delete “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdate” /v SusClientValidation /f

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAuto Update” /v LastWaitTimeout /f

REG DELETE “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAuto Update” /v DetectionstartTime /f

REG Delete “HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionWindowsUpdateAuto Update” /v NextDetectionTime /f


echo re-resistering Windows Update cpmponents..

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuapi.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wups.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuaueng.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wucltui.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32msxml3.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuaueng1.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wups2.dll /s

regsvr32.exe c:windowssystem32wuweb.dll /s


net start wuauserv /y

net start bits /y


echo Initiating Windows Updates detection cycle…

wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization

wuauclt.exe /detectnow

wuauclt.exe /reportnow

@echo off

REM **End FixMy_WSUS.bat script


Fairies in art at Scarborough Art Gallery

A leading Oxford academic, writer and broadcaster takes the stage at Scarborough Art Gallery later this month to discuss the history of fairies in art.

Diane Purkiss is an English faculty member at Keble College, Oxford, and a published historian. She is the author of Fairies and Fairy Stories: A History, described by The Times as ‘enchanting… witty… full of surprises and delights’. She is currently working on a project on Shakespeare, the supernatural, and Elizabethan magic.

Diane reviews for The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Telegraph, The Telegraph and The Guardian, and appears frequently on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and on BBC TV. She also writes children’s books with her teenage son, Michael Dowling, under the pseudonym Tobias Druitt.

Her talk is part of the Friday Lates series of events at Scarborough Art Gallery, and will take place at 7pm on Friday 29 June. The Gallery will be open from 6pm to 10pm for anyone who wants to see the current exhibition Fears, Foes & Faeries, and the talk is included in the standard admission fee of £2 (concessions £1.80 – or free to Open Return Ticket holders).

Record Breaker to carry the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on the NYMR

With less than a week to go until the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is pleased to announce that they plan to run two engines during the time the Torch is carried on the railway.

Philip Benham, General Manager explains that “We hope to use the streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive Sir Nigel Gresley – itself a world record holder as the fastest steam engine since the Second World War, at a speed of 112mph in 1959 and the locomotive Green Knight, 75029 as the torch works its way through the heart of the national park on its journey from Whitby to Pickering”

It departs Whitby Station at 10:09 and is due to arrive at 11:34 in Pickering Station. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is extremely privileged to be given the opportunity not only to carry the Olympic Torch from Whitby to Pickering; it is the only Heritage Railway that is lucky enough to be carrying the torch on the footplate. “The community is very much at the heart of the event and we have invited 220 school children from along the line on-board the “Torchbearer” to help us celebrate this fantastic day” said Phillip Benham.

Amongst the invited party will be Rooney Masara a former 1972 British Olympian and his Wife who run Beech Farm Cottages just outside Pickering. Rooney Masara explains “My father took me to the 1948 Olympics when I was 5 years old, I was lucky enough to be in the British Team for the Munich Olympics in 1972 and so as you can imagine I am excited about London 2012 and having the Torch Relay on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.”

The “Torchbearer” train and Whitby Station are not open to the public, and there is limited access to the platform at Pickering Station. Danielle Bradley, Marketing Manager for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway explains “there is no better place to see the Torch in Whitby or Pickering. In Whitby the route runs through the town before entering the station and once it arrives in Pickering it leaves the railway and onto Park Street before passing The Ropery and onto the A170 towards Scarborough where it is in torchbearer mode until the 40mph sign. Anywhere along both routes would be an ideal place to see this monumental event.”

The NYMR will be running to a special timetable on Monday 18th June 2012 between Pickering and Whitby.  The 10.09 service from Whitby and the 12.00 service from Pickering will not be available to the public. Other services are still in operation throughout the day, please check before you set off on your journey.

Fares are £22.50 for adults, £19.50 for seniors and £11.30 for children for a day rover ticket allowing unlimited travel between Pickering and Whitby.  A family ticket (two adults and up to four children) is available for just £45.00. Children under five ride free.

For more information, please call 01751 472508, visit or follow us on Twitter @NYMR or Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Every effort is made to run to the timetable and to operate all trains with steam unless otherwise advertised. NYMR reserves the right to alter, cancel or suspend services, special events and advertised attractions. NYMR accept no liability for any loss, inconvenience or delay thereby caused.

PLEASE NOTE: In exceptionally severe weather, please check the latest local travel updates and information on our website , Facebook @North Yorkshire Moors Railway and twitter @NYMR


18th June Timetable

Pickering dep. 0900 1030 1300 1500
Levisham dep. 0920 1120 1320 1520
Newtondale Halt dep. 1129 1329 1529
Goathland arr. 0945 1146 1346 1546
dep. 0947 1150 1350 1550 1610
Grosmont arr. 1005 1205 1405 1605 1625
dep. 1035 1635
Whitby arr. 1055 1700
Whitby dep. 1100 1400 1730
Grosmont arr. 1120 1422 1750
dep. 1130 1330 1430 1510 1630 1800
Goathland dep. 1150 1350 1450 1525 1650 1815
Newtondale Halt dep. 1203 1403 1503 1703
Levisham dep. 1220 1420 1520 1720 1840
Pickering arr. 1240 1440 1540 1740 1900

Trains run daily until Sunday 4th November 2012

Information regarding parking in Pickering

  • A park and ride service will be operating from Pickering Showground on the A169, to Eastgate Square Car Park. There will be a small charge for this service.
  • The North Yorkshire Moors Railway pay and display car park (£4 all day) is open to the public but with restricted use, please arrive early.
  • On street parking along the route or in parking bays will not be available on the day. The market will be operational and Market Place will also be closed to traffic.
  • A temporary car park is available at Pickering Recreation Club. Follow the signs on Recreation Road, as you enter Pickering on A169. Charges will apply.
  • Pay and Display car parks are available at Vivis Lane, Eastgate Square Car Parks. However, part of these car parks will be restricted use only.