Celebration to be dedicated to Max

A spectacular celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Scarborough will be dedicated to much-loved photographer Max Payne.

The much-loved Honorary Freeman of Scarborough, who raised more than £250,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice and received an MBE for his charitable work, died in April at the age of 77.

As well as raising money for charity, Mr Payne was also a big supporter of Scarborough YMCA, and was the first of only three people ever to be made a lifetime member.

Before his death, Mr Payne was among the first to donate money towards the cost of staging a spectacular Jubilee celebration at Scarborough Castle.

The display will see powerful lighting projected on to the walls of the castle, turning it into a stunning beacon visible from many parts of Scarborough and beyond.

Images of The Queen will also be beamed on to the south facing walls of the castle as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons celebration this Monday.

The mayor of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, said: “Max Payne was an incredible human being, a man of enormous integrity, generosity and spirit. He was made an Honorary Freeman of the Scarborough Borough in recognition of his charitable work and it was an accolade he richly deserved.

“When Max died, Scarborough lost one of its finest and our thoughts are still very much with his wife Maureen, their family and friends.

“We thought it fitting that the beacon display at Scarborough Castle to honour Her Majesty and all she has done for this country and the Commonwealth, also recognised the huge contribution of one of our own much-loved citizens.”

Scarborough Council is organising the tribute to Her Majesty in association with English Heritage, Scarborough firm P&L Sound and Lighting and with generous sponsorship from the council, Honorary Freeman Max Payne MBE Charity Trust, Don Robinson and the Winston Churchill Charity Trust, Tricolos, Malcolm Stephenson, Captain Tony Viney, Paul Hodgson, Gullian Alonzi and the Harbour Bar, Tony Peers and Brian Davidson and Roo Green Ventures LLP.

Photographs have been provided by The Scarborough News and Richard Wood Photography.

The council says the best vantage point to view the castle display will be on the South Bay beach. It will begin at 10.15pm and will continue for around 45 minutes.

A beacon will also be lit at Scarborough Castle as part of the nationwide celebrations at 10.01pm.