Freddie to star at arts festival

A SCULPTURE which has become the talk of Scarborough will take pride of place at a free arts festival in the town this weekend.

“Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers”, bought last week by Maureen Robinson, of Malvern Crescent, as a gift to Scarborough, is being temporarily moved from its current home in the North Bay for the two-day festival at the town’s Old Boatyard in Sandside from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Thanks to assistance from Saltburn-based ArtsBank will feature other works by “Freddie’s” creator Ray Lonsdale, together with hundreds of other pieces by local artists including Andrew Cheatham, Kane Cunningham, Wendy Tate, Angela Chalmers, Len Hodgson, Ron Baxter, Helen Birmingham, Sally Gatie, Richard and Alan Stuttle, Shirly Vauvelle and Ken Wood.

Also showcased will be work produced by members of societies and clubs in and around Scarborough.

Work by students from Yorkshire Coast College’s Westwood Campus will be also be on display in the former marine engineers’ building and pieces submitted by senior school pupils will be judged by internationally-acclaimed artist Clive Head, with prizes including a 32” flat screen television to be presented by the Scarborough mayor, John Blackburn, in a special preview evening for invited guests this Friday before the festival officially gets under way.

The festival has the backing of Welcome to Yorkshire area director Janet Deacon, who said: “There will be a myriad of work by local artists on display and for sale, and with entry to the festival and hundreds of free parking spaces close by on Marine Drive, there is huge potential to attract hundreds more visitors to the seafront over the course of a weekend which traditionally is thought of as being outside of the main tourist season.”

Festival organiser Ken Wood, who is based at The Arts Workshops in Crown Arcade, Albion Road, said: “It’s shaping up to be a brilliant festival and I would encourage people from Scarborough and from further afield to pay us a visit.”