Free event marks bombardment

Yorkshire Coast College Performing Arts students rehearsing for the pierrot shows.

Yorkshire Coast College Performing Arts students rehearsing for the pierrot shows.

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Preparations are well under way for a weekend of free arts events this weekend commemorating the German Bombardment of Scarborough.

Remember Scarborough! will include pierrot shows, which were a popular attraction on the seafront at the time, and a dramatisation of the events of December 16, 1914.

Scarborough composer John Pattison and Beach Hut Theatre Company have teamed up with local organisations to produce the events, a highlight of which will be a powerful musical drama documentary written and composed by Pattison. Staged by six actors and musicians in the St Nicholas Gardens, the 45-minute production will be performed at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will tell the story of the bombardment and give an insight into life in the town 100 years ago.

On Sunday the gardens will come alive to the sights and sounds of World War One. From 10.30am to 4.30pm, at the Foreshore Road entrance to the gardens, Scarborough Museums Trust and Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre will present historical displays and exhibitions. Between 2pm and 4.30pm there will be a series of pierrot shows by Yorkshire Coast College students. Visitors can also follow a Remembrance Route through the gardens. At the top of the gardens will be a theatre tent featuring rehearsed readings of six World War One plays by writers from the Stephen Joseph Theatre Outreach programme.

In the Sunken Gardens, students will spend the day creating a giant artwork depicting the bombardment on canvases.

Mr Pattison said: “I wanted to mark the centenary with an event that honoured the resilience and the big heartedness of the town.”