CROWDS gathered in Scarborough a year ago today to welcome the Queen as she made an historic visit to the town.
Her Majesty made the trip to open Scarborough’s £3.5 million Open Air Theatre and visit some of her Duchy properties.
Arriving at Scarborough train station, the Queen made her way to the theatre to watch a celebratory performance and unveil an official plaque.
The next stop-off was at Hare’s Leap farm shop, then Town Farm in Cloughton, followed by a visit to the Forge and lunch at the Blacksmith’s Arms.
Her Majesty then visited nearby Ripley’s Farm, which is on Duchy-owned land and run by Ian and Suzanne Burnett.
Scarborough’s former mayor Bill Chatt one of the lucky ones who met the Queen and he has treasured memories of that day.
He said: “It was a fantastic day, both for the town and for me personally, and it still makes me feel emotional when I think about it. It was my last day as mayor and the Queen knew that. She asked if I’d had a good day and the fact that she knew it was my last day will stay with me forever.
“She made everyone feel at ease. Meeting the Queen is certainly something I’ll never forget.”
Kayleigh Couch, a waitress at the Blacksmith’s Arms in Cloughton, was involved in the preparation of what is believed to be the Queen’s first ever pub lunch. Miss Couch, 21, said: “It was a really big thing for us and it was very nerve-wracking in the kitchen during the build-up.
“It all went perfectly and was such a great day - we couldn’t have asked for better weather and the crowds were huge.”
Her father, Paul Couch, is the chairman of the parish council and got to meet the Queen and introduce her to various guests.
Miss Couch said: “It was wonderful that he got that honour and he loved it.” The pub now has a scrapbook about the visit and the guest book page signed by the Queen is also on display.
Copies of a superb Evening News colour souvenir brochure of the Queen’s visit are available from our offices in Aberdeen Walk, priced £4.95.