Ladies day in Scarborough

The Barbican ,Ladies Day .Left to right Jennie Byass,Lisa Browne.115207a, Picture Richard Ponter.
The Barbican ,Ladies Day .Left to right Jennie Byass,Lisa Browne.115207a, Picture Richard Ponter.

WOMEN in Scarborough took the opportunity to get dressed up in their finery and hit the town as part of Scarborough’s traditional Ladies Day yesterday.

Tradition has it that on Boxing Day in Scarborough the whole town goes out to catch up with friends and extend the festive fun.

The Barbican ,Ladies Day .Left to right Sam Hollingworth,Rachel Austerberry. 115207b, Picture Richard Ponter.

The Barbican ,Ladies Day .Left to right Sam Hollingworth,Rachel Austerberry. 115207b, Picture Richard Ponter.

There are various explanations but a commonly held one is that the fishermen’s wives were given the day off to go out for a drink after working so hard preparing for Christmas.

Kath Duffy, who has been the landlady of the Newcastle Packet for almost 30 years, said it was good to see the tradition was continuing.

She added: “It’s good for everybody and it’s good for the town. Before the new licensing laws were introduced the only people that were trading were the bottom end pubs.

“It’s nice after Christmas and it’s nice for them to get out and let their hair down.”

Mist Bar ,Ladies Day .Left to right Pat Pickup and Pam Stephenson. 115207h, Picture Richard Ponter.

Mist Bar ,Ladies Day .Left to right Pat Pickup and Pam Stephenson. 115207h, Picture Richard Ponter.

HUNDREDS of people also took to the shops – Next’s sale started at 6am. Many other stores, including HMV, Waterstone’s and Miss Selfridge were busy. Other shops’ sales start today.