Seafest promises to make a big splash!

Seafest Festival pictures from previous years.

Seafest Festival pictures from previous years.

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Scarborough’s popular seafaring festival - Seafest 2012 - is less than a month away with plans being finalised for the three-day event.

The festival will take place from July 20 to 22, with a host of activities and entertainment on the cards.

The event, which is celebrating its 13th anniversary, is due to start with an evening concert from special guest, former BBC Folk Singer of the Year Martin Carthy.

As in previous years, a host of performers will take to the stage on Scarborough’s West Pier throughout the festival.

The event also features an exhibition tent and a sea fish cookery marquee.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, chairman of the Seafest Committee, said: “I think it really is a wonderful event, which both residents and visitors come every year for.”

Each year scores of locals and holidaymakers visit Seafest, which celebrates Scarborough’s connections to fishing, the sea and maritime heritage.

As well as the events on the West Pier, local pubs take part, extending the music offering.

They include The Merchant, The Leeds Arms, Anchorage Club, Lancaster Inn, Sub Aqua Club and The Leeds Hotel.

Other activities can also be found in the Sea Cadets Hall.

The line-up for this year’s guest list includes Beggars Bridge, Tom & Barbara Brown, Monkeys Fist, Martin Curtis, Richard Grainger, 5 Men Not Called Matt, Malcolm Ward, Alan Whitbread, and Stormcrow.

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

A grand fireworks finale will take place on the Saturday in South Bay at 10.30pm.

If you would like to book a stall, contact Jane Groom at Scarborough Town Hall on (01723) 232437 or email jane.groom@scarborough.gov.uk