Glittering night for tourism industry

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A TOUCH of sparkle was added to Scarborough’s tourism industry as the Hospitality Association held its President’s Ball.

The annual event was held at Scarborough Spa’s Ocean Room on Saturday evening, and was well attended by members of the association and local businesses.

Scarborough Hotels Association held it's annual ball and presentation evening at the Spa on saturday. 120362'Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'21/01/2012

Scarborough Hotels Association held it's annual ball and presentation evening at the Spa on saturday. 120362'Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'21/01/2012

Invited guests included Scarborough mayor and mayoress Cllr John and Jackie Blackburn, representatives from sponsors Bookers Cash and Carry, Scarborough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire.

During the evening a special award was handed out for services to tourism.

The plaque, which is presented every year, was given to resident Maureen Robinson who has hit the headlines in the Scarborough Evening News after buying two giant sculptures and donating them to Scarborough and Filey.

The Association said it was “delighted” to acknowledge Mrs Robinson’s “kind generosity” to the town.

Scarborough Hotels Association held it's annual ball and presentation evening at the Spa on saturday. 120362'Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'21/01/2012

Scarborough Hotels Association held it's annual ball and presentation evening at the Spa on saturday. 120362'Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'21/01/2012

Ian Rees, president of the Scarborough Hospitality Association, said: “The Annual President’s Ball is a wonderful occasion for all members to join up with local businesses and dignitaries to celebrate another successful year for tourism in Scarborough.

“Although times are getting tougher, Scarborough has a lot to offer visitors and we hope that our marketing initiatives such as the Scarborough, Whitby & Filey Holiday Guide and a revamped website will keep our town at the top of everyone’s list for holiday destinations.

“It was a pleasure to see everyone at the Ball and I would like to thank all those members and guests who made the night a very special occasion and we hope to see you all again in 2013.”

The evening was sponsored by Bookers Cash & Carry with pre-dinner drinks provided by Betton Wines of East Ayton.

Scarborough Hotels Association held it's annual ball and presentation evening at the Spa on saturday. 120362'Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'21/01/2012

Scarborough Hotels Association held it's annual ball and presentation evening at the Spa on saturday. 120362'Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'21/01/2012

More than 50 raffle prizes were donated by many local Scarborough businesses including the Bed Warehouse, Redcliffe Farm Shop & Cafe, Spectrum Cleaning Solutions, Ken Ferrie Builders, Dean’s Garden Centre, and Boyes Stores.

Money raised from the raffle will be donated to the association’s chosen charity for the year which is the Scarborough branch of the RNLI.