Fundraising show to boost Seafest

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AN All-DAY fundraiser is being staged to boost funds for this year’s Seafest.

Some of the musicians who are set to take centre stage at next month’s Seafest maritime festival are to perform an all-day fundraiser tomorrow, with money raised going towards the cost of the event.

The fundraiser takes place at the Sea Cadets Hall in East Sandgate from 1pm, with festival favourites Steve Dawes and Helen Pitt, Glenn Coggin, Blue Sun, Monkeys Fist, Peter Taylor and more set to perform.

Richard Grainger who organises the music side of Seafest, said: “Entry to the concert at the Sea Cadets Hall is free and as well as top quality music, there will be refreshments and face-painting for the kids.

“It is also an opportunity to meet the Music Team, buy tickets for the Seafest music events and sign on to the mailing list.

“There will be opportunities for people to support the music festival by making donations and taking part in the raffle, the proceeds of which will go towards the cost of staging the music at Seafest.”

Acts from across the UK, who will be giving performances over the three days of the Seafest festival, which starts on July 15.

They include The Endeavour Shantymen, Steve Dawes and Helen Pitt, shanty group Monkey’s Fist, Penni MacLaren-Walker who was the winner of the last year’s Song for the Sea competition, Wendy Arrowsmith, Glen Coggin, The Men of Staithes and Richard Grainger who will headline the Saturday evening concert with the Steel River Band.

Tickets for the music side of the festival are on sale now through www.seafest.org.uk where fans can book early to save money.

Organisers say the introduction of ticketing for this part of the festival is in a bid to ensures the future viability of the music element of Seafest.

As well as the West Pier stage, the sound of shanties and folk music will also ring out in Scarborough’s ale houses including The Anchorage Club, Lancaster Inn, Leeds Arms, The Merchant, Sea Cadets Hall and Sub Aqua Diving Club.

During Seafest there will also be the annual Blessing of the Boats service on the West Pier, co-ordinated by Rev Pam Jennings and St Mary’s Church, which takes place at 11.15am on the Sunday of the festival.

Fundraising for the firework display, which will take place on the Saturday of the festival at 10.30pm, is continuing and is being spearheaded by Cllr Janet Jefferson.