Hundreds of visitors armed with brollies braved the downpours and made their way to Scalby today to celebrate the grand finale of the week-long fair.
There was a break in the clouds long enough for people to enjoy the activities of fair day, which included dance displays, the YMCA choir and a children’s fancy dress competition.
The event, in the village’s High Street, was officially opened at 1pm by Scarborough Town Crier Alan Booth and was attended by the town’s Mayor and Mayoress, Andrew and Sue Backhouse.
It also featured performances from entertainer Magic Mike, live music, more than 65 stalls, a birds of prey exhibition, Punch and Judy and children’s rides.
Roger Tiffin, chairman of the Scalby Fair Committee, said the week-long event, which kicked off last Sunday with the Tony Peers Variety Show followed by a fun run on Monday, had been one of the best yet.
Speaking to The Scarborough News earlier today, he said: “Everything has gone pretty well so far. We had double the numbers of people doing the run and double doing the Family Treasure Hunt compared to last year.
“The wine tasting was a sell-out and we had live band, Soul Rida, playing at the Nags Head last night, which was nuts. There were two marquees and it was packed.
“We have got more stalls this year and we have changed the format a bit, as we have Magic Mike’s show this year. It’s getting bigger every year.”
Boasting a ‘Reach for the Sky’ theme, this year’s programme also included a quiz night and a Flower Festival at St Laurence’s church.
Mr Tiffin added: “We have had a lot of support and have been graced with some good weather. It’s about bringing all parts of the community together, which is why we have such different and varied events.”
Louise Holloway, of Garfield Road, Scarborough, visited with her father and daughter.
She said: “It’s our first visit to the fair. We have heard so much about it so thought we would have a nice family afternoon out.
“It’s got everything for all ages and it’s nice that all of the village gets together.”
Neil Halley, of Whitby Falconers, brought some of his birds along to the event, including owls, hawks and falcons, as well as reptiles including four snakes and a bearded dragon named George.
He said: “This is our second year. It it’s a nice day we get a nice crowd of people coming to have a look at birds and reptiles, showing a lot of interest. It’s nice to talk to people about them.”
Eight-year-old Ellie Carabine, of Burniston, enjoyed the day’s activities with her grandparents.
She said: “We come every year and always have lots of fun. I really enjoyed seeing the owls and snakes.”
This year’s Scalby Fair will draw to a close with a Thanksgiving Service at St Laurence’s Church at 10.30am tomorrow.
The annual event grew out of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, which took the form of a giant street party with tables down the centre of the High Street.
Following its success, the Scalby Fair Committee was formed in early 1978 with the intention of keeping the community spirit alive.
Run entirely by volunteers, the event has raised more than £30,000 over the years for community organisations, including Scalby Village Trust, village sports clubs and local schools and charities.
* See this week’s Scarborough News for more photographs from Scalby Fair day