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A BRAND new festival celebrating the best of Yorkshire will take place in Scarborough next year.

The event, A Festival of Yorkshire – Scarborough, will run from Yorkshire Day, August 1, with music and literature events, games, performances and exhibitions to continue until Saturday August 4.

The new festival is being led by Scarborough Council and the Scarborough Urban Area Forum and supported by Welcome to Yorkshire in association with a number of other partners including The Yorkshire Society, Scarborough Spa, Scarborough Castle, the Woodend Creative Industries Centre and Scarborough Library and Information Centre.

The Civic Day will start at the Spa and a procession will follow led by the Yorkshire Volunteers band along the Foreshore. Guests will be driven in vintage coaches to St Mary’s Church for a traditional service before they return to the Spa for a reception and Yorkshire celebration.

Scarborough Council’s area forum support officer Matthew Joseph who is leading the organising team behind the festival, said: “We’re pleased with the way things are going so far, but if there are other music promoters or event organisers who want to pull together another Yorkshire element to the festival, we’re open to ideas and further partnership and co-operation.”

There are also moves to stage a Made in Yorkshire exhibition at the Spa from August 1, with businesses and groups from Yorkshire invited to set up a stall to showcase their work.

Scarborough Castle is also set to support “A Festival of Yorkshire” with a “flat-cap Frisbee” event and free guided tours of the castle, which in 1066 was the first landing place of King Harald Hardrada during his ill-fated attempt to seize the English throne from Harold Godwinson.

On August 2 North Yorkshire’s library service is planning to stage a Yorkshire Authors’ Day in Scarborough Library and information centre in Vernon Road which will feature a host of well-known writers from the region.

On Friday August 3 the focus is set to switch to Scarborough’s historic Market Hall and Vaults with cookery demonstrations and a celebration of Yorkshire’s fresh produce.

One of the highlights of “A Festival of Yorkshire” will be a repeat of last year’s Scarborough Sings Together, to take place at the Spa on August 4.