Old shelter restored in South Cliff

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AN HISTORIC shelter in Scarborough’s South Cliff has been given a new lease of life following a restoration project.

The English oak shelter in Shuttleworth Gardens, off the Esplanade, has been fully restored thanks to the involvement of Scarborough Civic Society and a number of other supporters.

Around 60 people attended the official opening ceremony yesterday to celebrate the culmination of months of fundraising and hard work.

Civic society chairman Adrian Perry said: “It has been a great success. It’s another milestone for the Civic Society as we’ve managed to preserve another part of Scarborough’s history.

“We’ve had lot of support - the first donor who gave us the confidence to carry on was Yorkshire Gardens Trust.

“We’ve been lucky enough to get substantial funding, around £5,000, from outside sources and the rest will be paid by the Civic Society.”

Shuttleworth Gardens were presented to the town by local businessman Alfred Shuttleworth in 1917. The oak shelter was already in the garden at that time so it is around 100 years old.

In recent years it had become dilapidated and has now been fully restored using 10-year seasoned English Oak.

The work was carried out by Scarborough firm Andy Whitelaw Joinery and donors were Yorkshire Gardens Trust, Scarborough Council, North Yorkshire County Council, The Greenway Family in memory of Richard Greenway, Jack Brunton Charitable Trust, Civic Society members, Connie Pummell and Bonnie Purchon MBE (who both hosted fundraising events) and the Borough of Scarborough Mayoress’ Community Fund.

The society would also like to give a special thank you to council officer Alan Dargue.

Mr Perry said: “The finished result is very good indeed. At the moment you can tell which is the old wood and which is the new, but within a year or two the new oak will blend in and become the same colour as the rest of the shelter.

“It will be well used - it’s in a lovely, quiet spot and is a real sun trap.”