SCARBOROUGH’S hospitality industry celebrated another successful year for tourism in the town at the Annual President’s Ball.
The event, organised by the Scarborough Hospitality Association, was held at the Scarborough Spa Ocean Room and was attended by members of the association, local businesses and invited guests.
Each year the ball features a presentation of a special award in recognition of services to tourism.
For 2010 the plaque was awarded to Cllr Janet Jefferson, who is the current portfolio holder for tourism at Scarborough Council.
The Hospitality Association’s committee says it chose Cllr Jefferson in recognition of her tireless work to promote Scarborough through sitting on many committees and working groups in the town including the Scarborough Chamber of Trade and the Scarborough Anti Theft Group, as well as being a county councillor.
Cllr Jefferson was presented her award by Scarborough mayor Hazel Lynskey.
Stephen Woodhouse, president of the Scarborough Hospitality Association, said; “The association is delighted to acknowledge all of Janet’s hard work and was pleased she was able to join us on the night.
“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 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 our theme this year was a masquerade ball and it was fantastic to see so many different styles and shapes and colours.
“The mayor and mayoress had the hard job of choosing the best male and female mask.
“I would like to thank all those members and guest who made the night a very special occasion and we hope to see everyone again in 2012.”
The evening was sponsored by Bookers Cash and Carry and more than 50 raffle prizes were donated by local businesses including the Bed Warehouse, Redcliffe Farm Shop and Cafe, Spectrum Cleaning, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Deans Garden Centre, and Boyes Stores.
The raffle raised £542 which will be donated to the Scarborough and District Mountain Rescue Team and other local causes.
Guests at the masquerade themed ball included mayor and mayoress Hazel Lynskey and Sheila Kettlewell, Scarborough’s town crier Alan Booth, and representatives from Bookers Cash and Carry, Scarborough Council, and Yorkshire Coast and Moors Tourism Partnership.