Seafront: There’s no going back

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Having sadly witnessed the many changes that have taken place in my home town since those far away days when significant numbers of our visitors began opting for distant shores, I was not surprised by the quite spectacular suggestions for redevelopment of the Futurist site (Scarborough News, October 23).

The question of restoration or redevelopment of the Futurist building has now been a major news topic for over 20 years, during which time it has been widely recognised that the fascia of the building has been an eyesore.

Back in 1993 your front page carried an article ‘Bid to revive seafront’, accompanied by a three page article on ideas to transform the face of our seafront, all of which had the support of leading local businessmen; ideas comparable with those published in Scarborough News of October 23, but not fulfilled.

With respect, I doubt there are many of those campaigning on behalf of the Futurist have happy memories of the cinema/theatre (lovely picture on your page 5) that go back as far as mine and, although I have little idea of the investment and development problems involved, there is no going back. I feel, therefore, it is finally time to adapt to the changed market.

Having regard to those wonderful tourism attractions now consigned to Memory Lane, I once wrote that my consoling thought was that one feature that would never change in my lifetime was the magnificent panorama viewed from the Esplanade; the sweep of the South Bay, framed by the Spa, the Grand Hotel, St Nicholas gardens, the old town, St Mary’s church, Scarborough castle, and the harbour. But, of course, anything resembling your illustrations built on the Futurist site would have a dramatic effect.

Probably unacceptable to some of the older generations but, for me, any such scheme aimed at family entertainment would be a welcome development.

Charles Braithwaite

Trinity Road

Scarborough