Fair is a real crowd-pleaser

The Scalby Fair returns. Providing the Morris Dancing music Ella Jane Teale, left, and her granny Caroline Teale.  112482c
The Scalby Fair returns. Providing the Morris Dancing music Ella Jane Teale, left, and her granny Caroline Teale. 112482c

HUNDREDS of visitors braved the wet weather to enjoy the climax of Scalby Fair over the weekend.

Now in its 34th year, the popular event featured activities throughout the week before the Fair Day on Saturday.

The Scalby Fair returns . Beardy fundraisers .Left to right Michael Scholey,Tom Robson,Gary Page,Emma Wallis Scholey,Nia Hughes .picture Richard Ponter   112482e 18/06/11

The Scalby Fair returns . Beardy fundraisers .Left to right Michael Scholey,Tom Robson,Gary Page,Emma Wallis Scholey,Nia Hughes .picture Richard Ponter 112482e 18/06/11

And despite the rain, numbers were only slightly down on last year.

Jim Sloan, president of the Scalby Fair Committee, said: “Although there are a full week of activities, the Saturday is traditionally what people recognise as Scalby Fair.

“Looking at the weather on Saturday morning I feared the worst, but it went very well. It was lashing down when we were setting up but we still pulled in a very good crowd and nothing had to cancelled.

“We were probably a little bit down on numbers but people enjoyed themselves in the same way.”

This year’s Fair had kicked off last weekend with a variety show from Scarborough entertainer Tony Peers.

The week’s programme also featured a fun run followed by a family treasure hunt from the Nag’s Head pub, which also hosted a wine tasting evening and a performance from Ali and Beachcombers.

St Laurence’s Church opened its doors for the Flower Festival and on Saturday crowds from across Scarborough attended the Fair Day in Scalby High Street, which was opened by Scarborough Town Crier Alan Booth and was packed with a host of activities including a children’s fancy dress parade, morris dancers and donkey rides.

The Fair drew to a close with a Thanksgiving service at St Laurence’s Church followed by a special celebration lunch in the church rooms.

Mr Sloan added: “I suppose the highlight of the week is always the wine tasting night on Wednesday, which sold out probably a week in advance. It is really popular.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped and came along to the event.”