A FORMER president of Scarborough Cricket Club has revealed he is bowled over by the redevelopment of the town’s famous North Marine Road ground.
Don Robinson, who presided over the club’s famous annual cricket festival, has tipped the renovation to herald a tourist boom in Scarborough.
The work, which is being carried out to coincide with the 125th anniversary of the festival, includes improvements to the pavilion and its windows, with the demolition and replacement of existing toilets on the east terrace and alterations to the ticket office.
A new shop adjoining the new toilet block will also be installed.
Mr Robinson said: “I’m so pleased and it is unbelievable to see the work happening.
“Scarborough Cricket Club is internationally famous. I went to a Sir Donald Bradman museum in Australia and Scarborough got a lot of mentions about the cricket club and the festival.
“Everyone in Scarborough should be pleased too, it is good for the town, for the council, the shop-owners, hoteliers and the bar owners.
“It is good for Scarborough as it will mean that people from all around the area and from across the UK will want to come here and watch the cricket.
“Bill Mustoe, Tony Gibson, Colin Adamson and the whole organisation at the club is fantastic and I’m delighted this work is going on.”
Mr Robinson, who, during his time as president was only the third person to be asked to do it two years running, said he believed Scarborough was now fit to host one-day international matches, and was key to boosting the town’s tourism profile.
However, he said the town was still in need of one added feature - a new bypass on the A64 to avert a bottleneck of traffic heading into town during busy periods.
He added: ““Scarborough is on a real boom. We have the best resort in the UK which is showing the way forward.
“We have the North Marine Drive, the Spa and the Open Air Theatre and I think that is going to bring a lot of people to the town.
“We have got to bring forward the improvements on the road and the Government should be looking at it to the traffic misses the villages and there are no bottlenecks.
“I hope Robert Goodwill will look at it and see if he can put it on the priority list because it would attract a lot more people to Scarborough.”
This year will see the ground host the 125th anniversary of the annual cricket festival, which has attracted some of the finest players in the sport’s history.