Heritage Open Days

Nick Taylor (seated front) the Commodore of Scarborough Yacht Club, leads the Hearitage Open Day tour of the lighthouse and club house, pictured with Adrian Perry(front right), chairman of the Scarborough Civic Society. Pictures by Andrew Higgins   113673a   10/09/11
Nick Taylor (seated front) the Commodore of Scarborough Yacht Club, leads the Hearitage Open Day tour of the lighthouse and club house, pictured with Adrian Perry(front right), chairman of the Scarborough Civic Society. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113673a 10/09/11

SCARBOROUGH’S hidden gems shone brightly during a cultural look at the town’s history and heritage.

The Heritage Open Days drew large crowds to a plethora of buildings in the town, which threw open their doors to embrace the public for free.

Scarborough’s Rotunda Museum, the Maritime Heritage Centre, Scarborough Yacht Club, Futurist Theatre and Harbour Bar ice-cream factory all welcomed new visitors throughout the weekend, who were treated to an insight into their tradition and history within the town.

The Masonic Hall, in St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough Art Gallery, North Bay Railway, Westborough Methodist Church and the Stephen Joseph Theatre also took part in the project which aimed to raise awareness of the architectural brilliance available on people’s doorstep.

The fun was not just limited to Scarborough, with Raven Hall, in Ravenscar, taking part and villagers in Hunmanby enjoying a trip back in time to mark the restoration of the market cross. Vagabonds roamed the streets and were targeted with wet sponges, before the Riding of the Stang - an old tradition to punish a man who ill treats his wife - took place.

RAF Staxton Wold, an early warning and former top-secret air-defence station, was also open to the public.