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Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Harbour Raft Race)

Usually hundreds gather around the Scarborough seafront to enjoy the annual boxing day festivities which have long been a tradition of the town.

Last year’s harbour raft race, in aid of the Fishermen and Firemen Fund, did not fail to entertain the crowds.

The raft race involved the usual festive frolicking between teams – and some of the spectators – who bombarded each other with flour and egg.

From the 20 teams that took part the triumphant winners were the Honolulu Hookers. The team, who all dressed in drag for the event, were proud to admit they also averaged the oldest participating team.

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Mile of Pennies)

A long-standing, traditional annual event, organised by the Fisherman and Fireman’s Charity. Join in the fun of lining up your coppers along the kerb, from next to the Lifeboat House, all along the seafront!

People are either asked to donate their pennies, or add them to the long line of others that have already been laid.  Each year it roughly earns £300 for the Fisherman and Fireman charity.

Scarborough Boxing Day Traditions (Fishermen vs. Firemen football match)

Each year people congregate on the South Bay beach in Scarborough. They watch the Fishermen versus the Firemen football match and then usually move on to the Harbour quayside to watch the Crazy Raft Race. Few know the history and origins of these traditions. Most wonder why the Fire Brigade play against the Fishermen. They just watch the comedy football match.  It’s all played in good humour though at times it resembles a rugby match rather than football. The half time is characterised by a team talk complete with cigarettes and cans of beer. At full time scores are settled and players from the opposing team are dragged to the sea and dunked. The good humour continues in the local pubs throughout the day and night.

The story begins in 1893 when huge storms raged on the North east coast. The gales began on the 16th November and continued till they reached Hurrican force on the 18th. There were many ships on the coast. In fact the whole of the Scarborough Fishing Fleet was at sea. Many were away from the heart of the storm in Scottish waters. Slowly the fishing smacks returned to port one by one.

No news was bad news though as one of the smacks – the Evelyn and MAud still had not returned. A report had been received that it was in Bridlington Bay but this proved false. On the 2nd December wreckage was washed up at Easington near the mouth of the Humber. A lifebuoy from the Evelyn and Maud was found. The Lifebuoy contained a piece of whalebone with the words “Ship going down. Sinking fast Evelyn and Maud”. Mrs Mann stated that this was the handwriting of her husband.

The vessel was declared lost and reports were published in the newspaper. The regular skipper of the Evelyn and Maud was John Cross.  He did not sail on this occasion.

With so many of the fishing community widowed and orphaned a fund was set up by the Mayor GL Beeforth. On the 13th December a list of subscribers were published in the newspapers. A football match was organised by three local skippers – Dawson, Snowball and Newland. It was played on Christmas morning between the Fishermen (skippers, mate and deck hands) versus the Firement (the stokers, engineers and cooks). There were 1,500 spectators and a collection raised £9. The match was played at the Ebor football ground. Overall the charity raised £289 when the fund closed on 31st December. The money was placed in savings bank on King Street and the money handed out bit by bit when needed by the families.

Skipper Dawson became a mainstay in the early years of the Football match.  He wore grotesque costumes and so started the tradition of fancy dress. Now comedy outfits are worn. Hats must be worn at all times. The referee blows his whistle if a player is hatless. Often players will pinch the hat of the opposing team players and bury them in the sand.

Nowadays their are very few fishermen and no firemen. The last Steam Trawler left Scarborough in 1960. At one time fishing boats would fill the harbour. Now there are barely enough fishermen to form two teams. Yet the old fishing families still turn out. Some have turned out for years supporting the cause. Fred Normandale has featured in the match for nearly 40 years as either player or referee. Billy Blades has been a team Captain for many years.

The match has always been a good excuse for some hard drinking. Captain Sydney Smith (of the merchant Navy remembers one time when his father played in the match and brought him along. He was told to stand at the end of the bar at the Lord Nelson. Hours later he was still stood there forgotten!

In 1901 the Silver Cup was presented by George Alderson Smith. It is still in use today. In 1904 the teams started to wear the coloured shirts that are in use now. The fishermen play in white and the firemen in red. In 1908 the Mayor kicked off the match – a tradition that continues to this day.

A Comedy Band pays each year. In the 1920′s it was the Butts comic band. In 2004 it was Barry Hampshires Hamps Tramps street band. Other features include the mile of pennies where people put their pennies down on the pavement right along Foreshore Road.

In the age of the modern welfare state the charity is not really needed. But the tradition still continues. The money raised goes to the pensioners, disabled and sick from within the fishing community. They receive bags of meat at Christmas. But each year the charity match found some worthwhile cause. In 1897 £20 was given to Mrs Pashby whose son had just drowned in a recent gale. In 1896 £14 was given tot he local Seamens Mission. In 1903 money was donated to the hospital and to the Lightfoot charity.

Boxing Day Traditions article taken from (http://www.scarboroughsmaritimeheritage.org.uk/afishermenandfiremen.php)

Events in Scarborough (December 2011)

Dates Events Venue Times Contact
1st Life Drawing Classes Woodend Creative Workspace 18:30 to 20:30 01723 384511
Mince Pies and Mulled Merriment Scarborough Art Gallery 17:00 to 20:00 01723 384511
Scarborough Lunchtime Concerts 2011 Scarborough Library 12:30
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
2nd Roots and Routes Woodend Creative Workspace 09:45 to 16:30 07428 492896
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
3rd Festive Spectacular Scarborough Spa Complex 19:30 (01723) 357869
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:00 01723 370541
4th Mark Thompson in Concert Flower of May 13:30
Santa and Reindeer Parade Scarborough Town Centre 13:30
5th The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
6th The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 13:15 01723 370541
7th Sinbad’s Adventures Scarborough Art Gallery 10:30 to 11:00 01723 384511
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
8th Life Drawing Classes Woodend Creative Workspace 18:30 to 20:30 01723 384511
Scarborough Lunchtime Concerts 2011 Scarborough Library 12:30
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
9th The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
10th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:00 01723 357869
Gala Concert Scarborough Spa Complex 19:00 01723 357869
Manhattan Voices Concert St Mary’s Church 19:15 to 21:15
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 14:30 19:00 01723 370541
11th Saint Catherine’s Hospice Santa Dash 2011 Marine Drive 10:30
Santa Dash Scarborough Town Centre 11:00
12th The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
13th A Christmas Carol, told by Jacob Marley (deceased) Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:45
Ocean Colour Scene: The Moseley Shoals Tour Scarborough Spa Complex 19:00 01723 357869
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
14th Sinbad’s Adventures Scarborough Art Gallery 10:30 to 11:00 07428 492896
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 18:30 to 20:30 01723 370541
15th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 10:00 13:00 01723 357869
Life Drawing Classes Woodend Creative Workspace 18:30 to 20:30
Scarborough Lunchtime Concerts 2011 Scarborough Library 12:30
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
16th St Mary’s Market St Mary’s Church 10:30 to 13:00
The Nutcracker Prince Stephen Joseph Theatre 10:00 01723 370541
17th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
East Coast Open Scarborough Art Gallery 10:00 to 17:00 07428 492896
Victorian Christmas Party Scarborough Art Gallery 10:30 to 13:00 07428 492896
18th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
20th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
21st Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
22nd Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
23rd Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
24th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Magic Mike’s Christmas Special Scarborough Spa Complex 18:00 01723 357869
26th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
27th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
Rotunda Christmas Walk Rotunda William Smith Museum 11:00 to 12:00 14:00 to 15:00 07428 492896
28th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
29th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541
30th Aladdin Scarborough Spa Complex 14:30 19:30 01723 357869
Blithe Spirit Stephen Joseph Theatre 19:30 01723 370541

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An old Fire Engine, looks like something from a silent movie, with the entire fireman hanging onto the side.  It probably had a hand pump to put out fires.  The image looks like it was taken around South Cliff.

Underwater camera

There are many great things you can do with a camera, but for the most part, you can not get your camera wet. That means that taking photos underwater is next to impossible unless you get a special underwater camera or case. Though not everyone will have a need for one of these, they are great if you spend time in the water, and often see things that you would like to take home as a memory. When buying one though, read the details so you know what you are buying.

Most use an underwater camera for fun. They may be people who like to go scuba diving, and they wish to capture what they see underwater. Others might use them for more practical uses. They may be people who work with waterways and work with the environment. Either way, the underwater camera that is needed will be one that can take the pressure of the water. If you go too far down into the water, the camera might not hold up.

Some cameras say they are water resistant rather than waterproof. It probably depends on the depth. This is when the specifications of the camera come into play. Each different underwater camera can go to different depths before the water pressure is too high and the water may get into the camera, or it might even self destruct. Finding out the depth is important before buying. Most of this type that are film can not be loaded underwater for obvious reasons, so remember that when deciding if you want film, or if you would like to have a digital type for your underwater explorations.

Buying an underwater camera might be a bit tougher than finding a regular one. You may have to go to a camera shop to find them, or you may have to look online. If you look around on the Internet, you will see a wide range of underwater camera from which you can choose. You might go for something simple that just takes snap shots, or you can choose something that takes video and has a great lighting system with it. It is all dependent on what you want to do with your camera and how much you really have to spend on something like this. Something as simple as color might be important, so remember that when you buy. Get a color that sticks out so you can find your camera when you drop it, and that is very likely to happen.

Sometimes your camera might be advertised as waterproof, but still water may seep into it and possibly ruin your camera and sd card.  Which happened to someone from the hotel, they didn’t seem to happy when it happened.

Scarborough Heritage Open Days 2011

Foulsbridge Farm – Near Snainton, Listed Grade I – Knights Templar Hall
Friday 9th, 6.30pm
This place sends shivers of excitement through anyone interested in Templar buildings, because its great hall still exists, but for a while nobody knew it was there. Maximum 30 people. Booking essential 01723 384503

Harbour Bar ice
Harbour Bar ice cream factory – Sandside
Saturday 10th
Famed for serving some of the best ice cream in the country. See how it’s made. Maximum of 12 per tour. 10am until 4pm Booking essential 01723 384503

Futurist Theatre – Foreshore Road
Friday 9th, 11am
The fifth largest theatre in the UK outside of London. Meet in the entrance foyer for a backstage tour. Maximum of 30. Booking essential 01723 384503

Masonic Hall – St Nicholas Cliff
Saturday 10, 10am-4pm open to visit
Converted in 1884 from a private house by architect David Petch. Building possibly has an 18th century core. Legend has it that masonry was practised in Scarborough as far back as 1625.

RAF Staxton Wold, air defence station
Thursday 9th and Friday 10
RAF Staxton Wold has been used as an early warning station since the 3rd century, when it was the site of a warning beacon. It was first used as a radar station in 1937, when it was set up as part of the Chain Home system. It is the only one of the original stations still in use, so can claim to be the oldest continuously serving radar station. Maximum of 6 per tour at 10am, 11am, 1pm & 2pm Booking essential 01723 384503

Rotunda, the William Smith Museum of Geology – Vernon Road Listed Grade II*
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th, 10am to 5pm
The Rotunda is part of Scarborough’s heritage and a landmark within the town.
Saturday 10 only
Balcony tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm with Chris Hall, local historian. Maximum of 10 per tour. Not suitable for people with limited mobility. Length of tour 20/30 minutes. Booking essential 01723 384503

Scarborough Art Gallery – The Crescent Listed Grade II*
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th, 10am to 5pm
Friday 9th only
Free attic tours at 10am, noon and 2pm
Maximum of 10 per tour. Not suitable for people with limited mobility. Length of tour about 40 minutes Booking essential 01723 384503

Scarborough Collections – Woodend, The Crescent
Friday 9th only
Store tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm with Karen Snowden, head of collections, Museums Trust. Maximum of 10 per tour.
Meet in reception at Woodend Creative Workspace. Mobility not a problem. Length of tour about 40 minutes. Booking essential 01723 384503

Maritime Heritage Centre 36 Eastborough
Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th, 11am to 4pm open to visit
Learn about Scarborough’s rich maritime heritage

North Bay Railway
Sunday 11th, 10am to noon, Tours at 10th, 10.30, 11 and 11.30
Behind the scenes tour of the engine sheds of North Bay Miniature Railway.
Meet at the station booking hall in Northstead Manor Gardens. Maximum of 25 people per tour. Booking essential 01723 384503

Town Hall Listed Grade II
Saturday 10th
Guided tours by conservation officer Chris Hall, at 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am. Maximum 20 per tour. Tours last about 45 minutes. Built as a private house in 1852 for John Woodall to designs by architect Henry Wyatt. Greatly extended 1901-02 to form the Town Hall to designs by Harry W Smith, borough engineer. Booking essential on 01723 384503

Yacht Club/Lighthouse – Vincent’s Pier, Listed Grade II
Saturday 10th, 10am
Rebuilt after the 1914 bombardment. Maximum of 30 people. Booking essential 01723 384503

St Andrew’s Church – Ramshill Road, Listed Grade II*
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th, 10am to 4pm
Tours throughout the day. Rated highly by Pevsner and often referred to as the cathedral of Yorkshire congregationalism. A remarkable non-conformist church. Visit the new heritage chapel and view the model of medieval Scarborough which used to be in Woodend.
Thursday 8 only – Chris Hall to give a talk about the model at 2pm

St Mary’s Church – Castle Road, Listed Grade I
Thursday 8th, open from 10am to 4pm
A guided tour at 10:30am Maximum of 20 on the tour. Booking essential 01723 384503

Stephen Joseph Theatre – Westborough, Listed Grade II Art
Thursday 9th and Friday 10th 1pm
Meet in the entrance foyer for a backstage tour. Booking essential 01723 370541 Maximum of 25 per tour.

Trinity House – St Sepulchre St, Listed Grade II*
Saturday 10 10am to 4pm open to visit
Founded 1602, this building is one of only four Trinity Houses in the country. Visit the board room and courtyard garden.

Westborough Methodist Church Listed grade II
Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th from noon to 4pm Sunday 11 from 2pm to 4pm
Guides available. Mobility access good. Built in 1862, it is considered to be the best work of local architect William Baldwin Stewart.

Woodend Creative Workspace -The Crescent, Listed Grade II*
Saturday 10th, 11am to 3pm open to visit
Home of the Sitwell family for many years. Visit the Sitwell library. The house was the birthplace of Edith Sitwell in 1887 and played a strong role in the literary lives of Sir George Sitwell’s children (Osbert, Edith and Sacheverell).

Days out tested by us! – Sea Life Centre

Scarborough Sea-Life known for its Seal rescue centre.  With the following things to do in the centre you won’t be bored:
- Crab Kingdom, new attraction for 2011
- Interactive Rockpool – hold a crab & touch a starfish
- 150 different species of fish
- Over 350 seal pups rescued & released from our Seal Rescue Centre
- Journey through our underwater tunnel as Sharks swim over your head
- Meet our resident: Otters, Seals and Penguins
- Feeding demonstrations throughout the day
- Restaurant and gift shop


Open daily from 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)

Door Price           Web price           *Web Saving*
Adults (15yrs+)                                     £15                       £10                         £5
Child (3-14yrs)                                     £11.40                  £6.40                     £5
Family Saver (2 Adult & 2 Child)     £46.80                 £25                         £21.80

 

We recommend looking out for vouchers, which sometimes offer even lower prices than the ones available online. If you ask at the Crown Spa Hotel reception, you might be able to save more money than you would online or at the door.

Days out tested by us! – Scarborough Beach

Planning a holiday or day trip to the Scarborough beach, we give you a run down on what to find on the North and South Bay.  If you feel up for the task you can actually walk from one headland to the other, roughly 3 miles from the Scarborough Spa to Scalby Mills.  If you’re quick at walking a trip there and back should take you roughly 60 minutes.

The South Bay, is the more commercial side, with amusements, gift shops, ice-cream, fish & chips and other typical beach side wares.  This beach is usually the busiest out of the two.

The North Bay, is the “quieter side”, it has had recent redevelopment, with beach huts, a bar, small supermarket.  Due to the less commercialised aspect you can more than easily find a space to sit down and enjoy the beach and weather.

Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough wind turbine proposal

A proposed mock-up of the Crown Spa Hotel Scarborough


During the last 6 years The Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough Green Team has continually reappraised each area of our environment policy. Our main strategy is to investigate and implement new technology or practices to reduce CO2 produced directly and indirectly from fossil fuels and to agree as a management team on-going best practice. We have earned many awards such as a National Award for Excellence in sustainability (in 2010) and a rating of 87% Gold rating for the Green Tourism Business Awards (2011).

The main focus for this current period is reducing consumption and improving efficiency in our Energy and Waste Management processes – especially during these difficult economic times.

The ever increasing cost of fuel for heat and power is a major risk to our business. If we as a business are to continue to prosper and compete as a leading independent leisure business in the region, we must attempt to “hedge our exposure” to this risk.

We have always had 2 main strategic aims since 2006

•             Our main environmental vision is to reduce KG’s CO2 output from fossil derived energy used in Water, Light, Heat and Power by 25% by 2010 from our 2005 – through staff training, energy efficient SMD bulbs, insulation and investment in energy saving technology and indeed producing some energy from biomass and solar hot water heating; this has now been achieved.

•             The further aim is a 50% reduction from our 2005 levels by 2015 – this can only be achieved by investment in further power generation schemes and more technology to help manage energy consumption.

A requirement for further power generation can only be met by wind power as there is not enough space within the confines of the property for solar PV.

Each wind turbine should produce 2,200 KWh of energy based on average wind speeds in the area. The total scheme will produce around 35,200 KWh per year, roughly around 5% of our electrical consumption – Equivalent to the electrical energy used by 7.5 average UK houses or 18 Tonnes of CO2.

This will result in the company reducing total running costs of the business by roughly £17,500 per annum and a payback period of 2.5 years and a reduced reliance on the volatile energy markets.

The choice of design of wind power units, have been ones which will both look elegant and pleasing to the eye, with minimum noise.

Please support our application by downloading a support letter here and sending it to

Regeneration & Planning, Town Hall, St. Nicholas Street,
Scarborough, YO11 2HG.