Bank holiday a ‘mixed bag’

Flying a kite while walking along the South Bay, in chilly winds, on one of the coldest May Bank Holidays for many years. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121906g
Flying a kite while walking along the South Bay, in chilly winds, on one of the coldest May Bank Holidays for many years. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121906g
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SCARBOROUGH enjoyed a “mixed bag” of May Day Bank Holiday trade as the dreaded gloomy weather took an icy grip on the town.

Business was relatively brisk across the town’s attractions as visitors made the most of yesterday’s public holiday.

Glassy wet sands on the near empty South Bay, on one of the coldest May Bank Holidays for many years. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121906f 07/05/12

Glassy wet sands on the near empty South Bay, on one of the coldest May Bank Holidays for many years. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121906f 07/05/12

However, in time-honoured fashion, Sunday proved to be the most profitable day for traders as Bank Holiday Monday Scarborough was smothered under a blanket of dark and threatening clouds.

Visitors tried to make the most of their trip to the seaside, but were forced into donning winter attire to shelter from the cold.

The North and South Bay golden sands were sparsely populated, with only a handful of hardy youngsters enjoying rides on donkeys to break the barren scene.

David Humphrey, managing director of North Bay Railway, said business had been on the right lines without fully taking off.

Three year old Emma Paice (holidaying from Sheffield with mum and dad Sarah and Matt) wearing 2 hats, and a warm coat with the hood up, still enjoying a ride on one of Melanie Fisher's donkeys, Rooney, led by Chloe Watkins, on the South Bay, even on one of the coldest May Bank Holidays for many years. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121906c 07/05/12

Three year old Emma Paice (holidaying from Sheffield with mum and dad Sarah and Matt) wearing 2 hats, and a warm coat with the hood up, still enjoying a ride on one of Melanie Fisher's donkeys, Rooney, led by Chloe Watkins, on the South Bay, even on one of the coldest May Bank Holidays for many years. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121906c 07/05/12

He said: “It was a mixed bag, Sunday was excellent and yesterday we ticked over.

“But we have done alright and there is plenty of season left yet.

“What we have found though, especially at this financially difficult time, is that if the sun shines, then we do very well.

“However, if the weather is not too good or it is forecast rain, then people are not going to spend £1.40 a litre at the petrol pumps to drive to Scarborough.”

Ron Ford, owner of Oasis Cafe, in Royal Albert Drive, echoed the feeling of a solid, if unspectacular, trading weekend.

He said: “We have done very well but it was unfortunate with the weather.

“It wasn’t very nice at all for the visitors, they were wrapped up like Eskimos and I had real sympathy for them.”

Guilian Alonzi, who runs The Harbour Bar, also said the weather had played its part.

He added: “Sunday was the best day because we got the weather and that is what we need in a place like Scarborough.

“People are going through a bit if a process of depression at the moment and we are all just hoping for fine weather.

“Ice cream is a happy food and when the sun comes out people feel better and want to eat an ice cream.”