Ahoy there all seadogs and landlubbers

Launching the 2011 Seafest are (from left).. Janet Deacon, Jane Groom, Richard Grainger, Janet Jefferson, and Rachael Barnet.'112745. Pic Kevin Allen.'07 07 11.
Launching the 2011 Seafest are (from left).. Janet Deacon, Jane Groom, Richard Grainger, Janet Jefferson, and Rachael Barnet.'112745. Pic Kevin Allen.'07 07 11.

ORGANISERS are in ship-shape with final preparations being made for Scarborough’s annual maritime festival.

Seafest returns to our shores on July 15-17, bringing a weekend celebration of the sea and international folk with musical entertainment, craft and market stalls and other activities around West Pier.

Cllr Janet Jefferson said: “The scene is very much set for what is our 12th Seafest.

“There will be the Seafood Theatre, which was so popular last year.

“It was non-stop, with cooking demonstrations over two days, co-ordinated through Deliciously Yorkshire, that’s a super event.”

Musicians including Australian folk-rocker Rebecca Moore and world music duo Celtarabia will play in the festival. However, this year concerts and events at West Pier and Sea Cadets Hall will be ticketed.

“There will be shanty music on West Pier and around local pubs, and there’ll be lots of exhibitors in the marquee including the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Museum,” added Mrs Jefferson. “There’s something for everybody, and not forgetting my spectacular firework display on Saturday night.

“On Sunday there will be the Blessing of the Boat Service which has been brought back and is now in its 11th year

“All systems are go. It’s a wonderful festival, it’s here for the community and it’s a celebration of the fishing industry.”

Tickets for events are available from the Seafest website at www.seafest.org.uk.