Crowds enjoy a sun filled evening with pop sensation Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis was all smiles as she enjoyed her moment at the Open Air Theatre on her first trip to Scarborough.

The crowd, though lacking in numbers, was bursting with enthusiasm as it enjoyed a glorious sunny evening on the North Bay.

132858a'Leona Lewis performing at the Open Air Theatre'Picture by Neil Silk'12/07/13

132858a'Leona Lewis performing at the Open Air Theatre'Picture by Neil Silk'12/07/13

Starting the show with some new material Leona, who was supported by a ten piece band, had the crowd cheering on its feet as she performed some of her biggest hits.

Speaking to the fans after her first song the global songstress said: “I am so excited to be here in Scarborough.

“This is such an incredible venue, I’m really excited to be here. I just want you to get lost in the music and have a good night with me.”

Prior to Leona’s appearance the crowd was warmed up by support acts Charlie Brown, and Scarborough’s very own Robyn Keech.

132858c'Leona Lewis performing at the Open Air Theatre'Picture by Neil Silk'12/07/13

132858c'Leona Lewis performing at the Open Air Theatre'Picture by Neil Silk'12/07/13

Speaking after her performance, and in between signing autographs for young fans, Robyn, who studies music at Yorkshire Coast College’s Westwood Campus, said: “I have never opened a show for someone this big before. It just didn’t feel real.

“It was amazing and especially memorable to do my first big gig in my home town. This is where I have grown up and this is where I am starting my music career.

“It is fantastic opportunity, and I’m singing at the Katherine Jenkins show too, which I can’t wait for now.”

Fans of all ages had turned out to see Leona Lewis. Friends Grace Kille and Lydia Kynman, both 13, of the north side, said: “We like coming to see all the shows here. We’ve been to see JLS, Olly Murs, and the Wanted. We can’t wait to see Leona now.”

132858e'Leona Lewis performing at the Open Air Theatre'Picture by Neil Silk'12/07/13

132858e'Leona Lewis performing at the Open Air Theatre'Picture by Neil Silk'12/07/13

Soon to be wed couple David Bramley and Kayleigh Swales, from Crossgates, were at the show with David’s parents Mike and Annette, from Selby, and they bought them tickets for their birthday.

Miss Swales said: “It’s fantastic to have somewhere like this in Scarborough bringing in big names like Leona Lewis. David’s mum and dad came to see Elton John here, and we’re going to the Saturdays and McFly later in August.”

Barbara Ward, 51, from Hunmanby said: “I’m a big Leona fan, I’m really excited she’s here in Scarborough. Its been amazing since they opened this place up.”

Some fans were disappointed to see a large number of green seats sitting empty, not helped by a clash of dates with The Script playing at Bridlington’s Spa on the same night.

However Leona wasn’t fazed and was all smiles throughout the show as she frequently chatted with the audience between songs, even asking them to pose for a picture.

The night finished with fans swaying with lighters in the air as Leona ended the show with her number one ballad Run.

For more pictures see Thursday’s Scarborough News