Feeling swell at centre’s first birthday

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SCARBOROUGH’S Maritime Heritage Centre has celebrated its first anniversary.

The centre in Eastborough was founded with the aim of celebrating all aspects of Scarborough’s maritime history and heritage.

It houses a number of exhibits and items of memorabilia relating to fishing, boat building and the seafaring community, and has attracted attention from people all over the world.

Martin Johnson, chairman of the committee, said: “It’s wonderful to have reached our first anniversary.

“We’ve certainly achieved what we hoped we would. We’re attracting more and more 
visits as the weeks go by, both to the centre itself and our website.

“There has been interest from all over the world, as so many members of the local 
community have dispersed throughout the world and are seeking information to trace their roots.”

He added that the success is down to a “wonderful band of volunteers” who have undertaken training in archiving to help run the centre.

Mr Johnson said: “A great deal of credit is due to the volunteers as they have managed to give order to our collection of artefacts.”

The committee is now hoping to become a charitable foundation and will be applying for heritage lottery funding, with the aim of moving to larger premises nearer the harbour.

Membership secretary Mark Vesey said: “We’re hoping to get £50,000 from them, which will go towards us getting our own building.”