‘Pitch in’ for Seafest fun

View of Seafest Festival 2009, on the harbour car park.'093081d   pic Richard Ponter   in Specials/Atex Lifestyle

View of Seafest Festival 2009, on the harbour car park.'093081d pic Richard Ponter in Specials/Atex Lifestyle

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ORGANISERS of Scarborough’s Seafest maritime festival are looking for stallholders to “pitch in” and help make the event a success.

Seafest takes place from July 15 to 17 in Scarborough, with music and entertainment on the West Pier and in pubs across the town, alongside seafood cookery demonstrations and other activities aimed at all the family.

Thousands of people are expected over the course of the weekend, making it one of Scarborough’s most popular events.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, chairman of the Seafest steering group, said: “The music and seafood cookery elements of the festival combine perfectly, making this event one of the most loved in Scarborough and indeed along the east coast.

“We get a lot of interest from stallholders who are interested in having a pitch at the festival – now is the time to come forward and apply. If you are interested, please contact Jane Groom at the Town Hall on (01723) 232437 or email jane.groom@scarborough.gov.uk”

The annual Blessing of the Boats service takes place on the West Pier, co-ordinated by Rev Pam Jennings and St Mary’s Church, at 11.15pm on the Sunday.

Fundraising for the firework display, which will take place on the Saturday of the festival at 10.30pm, is continuing and is being spearheaded by Cllr Jefferson. Any donations are welcome.

Acts from across the UK, who will be giving performances over the three days of the festival, include The Endeavour Shantymen, Steve Dawes and Helen Pitt, shanty group Monkey’s Fist, Penni MacLaren-Walker who was the winner of the last year’s Song for the Sea competition, Wendy Arrowsmith, Glen Coggin, The Men of Staithes and Richard Grainger, who will headline the Saturday evening concert with the Steel River Band.

As well as the West Pier stage, the sound of shanties and folk music will also ring out in the unique atmosphere of Scarborough’s ale houses including The Anchorage Club, Lancaster Inn, Leeds Arms, The Merchant, Sea Cadets Hall and Sub Aqua Diving Club.

A number of musicians have already donated their time and energy to support Seafest, which has financial backing from Scarborough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire, in a fundraiser at the Leeds Arms with another similar event set to follow later this month.