Grand reopening for Spa Complex

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PEOPLE are being invited to a free day of entertainment next month to mark the official reopening of the recently renovated Spa Complex in Scarborough.

A programme of events has been arranged at the venue throughout Sunday, June 5, when the venue is officially reopened by the Mayor of Scarborough Cllr John Blackburn.

The venue will open its doors to members of the public and the event will offer a combination of free entertainment, demonstrations and an exhibition.

Cllr David Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s portfolio holder for tourism, said it was a day people had been looking forward to for a long time.

He added: “It’s a real flagship – not just for our tourist industry but for residents as well. It has so much potential in terms of attracting people to Scarborough and helping the town’s economy.

“It’s vital that we utilise the facilities to the full both for entertainment and in terms of attracting more conferences.”

He added that the renovation had brought the venue into the 21st Century and bigger events would boost the area’s economy. He said: “If you attract delegates they will be staying in hotels and spending money in our shops. It has got to be good news for Scarborough particularly in the current economic climate.”

Jo Ager, the Spa’s sales manager, said: ”We are really excited about our recent revamp of the venue and this event will allow the local community and visitors to see the improvements and how they will benefit from the refurbishment. We hope lots of people come along and enjoy the day.”

The programme will include:

l 10am: Magic Mike show in the Grand Hall

l 11am: The official opening by the Mayor of Scarborough

l 11am: The Spa Orchestra Morning concert in the Sun Court

l 1pm: A taste of the Scarborough Jazz Festival in the Grand Hall

l 2pm: Tony Peers Productions present extracts from the Summer Spectacular show in the Grand Hall

l Between 10am and 4pm: Student demonstrations throughout the day.

The £6.5 million project to upgrade facilities at the Spa took a year to complete and it was completed by Saturday, May 7, and saw a major redevelopment of the Grade II listed Victorian concert hall, reception areas and offices.

The world-famous Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra performed on the opening night.