Work reveals bottle bank of treasures

Dan Higgins, left, and Terry Cartwright, from the volunteer team of local history experts, based around Tadcaster, who are working on the bottle dumps revealed by the demolition of the former McCain Stadium, home ground of Scarborough FC,  uncovering hundreds of Victorian bottles and jars, as part of the football ground was built on top of a rubbish dump from long gone factories on Barrys Lane.    Pictures by Andrew Higgins  113847m   22/09/11

Dan Higgins, left, and Terry Cartwright, from the volunteer team of local history experts, based around Tadcaster, who are working on the bottle dumps revealed by the demolition of the former McCain Stadium, home ground of Scarborough FC, uncovering hundreds of Victorian bottles and jars, as part of the football ground was built on top of a rubbish dump from long gone factories on Barrys Lane. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113847m 22/09/11

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THE demolition of Scarborough’s former football stadium has unearthed some rare finds.

The stadium, which has been derelict since 2007, was built on the site of an old Victorian bottling plant.

Just days after demolition work started hundreds of old bottles have been unearthed.

The bottles, all varying in size, shape and colour, feature the names of some old companies which used the Scarborough plant, including The Scarborough and Whitby Breweries LD, E Cawne & Co, and W Peacock which produced ‘superior ginger beer’ and mineral water according to the bottles found.

A team of local history experts are currently on site assisting Scarborough Council, which owns the land, in the bottle dig.

A spokesman for the council said: “Bottles are being removed every night and are being securely stored off site.

“It is the intention of the council to sell the bottles at the end of the process.”

Demolition work started on Monday and is expected to last four weeks.

The project will see two of the stands rebuilt at the ground of Featherstone Rovers RLFC.

Scarborough Council bought the former McCain Stadium in 2008 for £1.335 million after Scarborough FC went out of business the previous year.

The council now plans to build a sports village and 2,000 capacity football stadium on the Weaponness Valley coach park, to open in 2014, and the Seamer Road land is expected to be used for housing.