SCARBOROUGH has come in for praise from a prestigious publication – just days after being lambasted by another national magazine.
A glowing review in Conde Nast Traveller magazine gave a highly-positive view of the town, in contrast to The Spectator which talked about its spoiled architecture and “improverishment” of culture, destroyed architectural heritage and fag-smoking “bronchitics”.
Conde Nast wrote said South Bay has been named among Britain’s best beaches, with the author stating: “Today, the beach is just as picturesque as ever, with plenty of attractions to keep you occupied.”
Proud Scarborians have invaded the online comments section on The Spectator’s website, and given their reaction to Theodore Dalrymple’s article, entitled Scarborough Unfair.
Other figures from within the town have also contacted the Evening News and spoken up for Scarborough.
In the essay, Dalrymple slates the town and its inhabitants, stating: “Nowhere in the world do you see such a concentration of people who have given up on themselves, or rather, who never had any self-respect to give up on.”
Nick Hart, chairman of Scarborough’s Urban Space Group, said: “The underlying quality of the place still remains and there is much to enjoy and admire, and I’m sure that it is as true for its people as it is for its environment.
“I was born here and I grew up here, and I’m well aware of how the town has changed, both for better and for worse.
“What I won’t stand for is someone from out of town damning everything in sight and condemning everyone without thought or consideration. I’d far rather be positive. Hopefully he’ll never return.”
On the comments section on The Spectator website, Ian Bland wrote: “What a shocking and unfair essay to write on Scarborough.
“Did you stop to ask anyone their aspirations and hopes?
“Or did you just assume that everyone has given up and has no self-respect?”
Jason Mullen said that Dalrymhple had presented an unfair view of Scarborough which “reeked with barely-disguised snobbery”.
He added: “I left London eleven years ago to live here and while in the city mixed in all the alleged sophisticated circles that my job brought me in contact with, but since moving here I have found a pace of life and a friendliness amongst people that I never experienced in the city.”
Jesús Echevarría, headteacher of St Augustine’s School, wrote: “I really do object to the assumption that Scarborough is a town of people without aspirations who have given up on life.
“I work with 510 of the most fantastic young people who not only have high expectations and aspirations, but love their school and their town and have not given up on themselves.
“If you don’t like Scarborough then go somewhere else but don’t presume to look down your nose at us from your pseudo-intellectual ivory tower.
“We would be obliged if you would kindly overlook us in your future travel and holiday plans.”
However a minority of readers, commenting on the Evening News website, said Dalrymple had raised valid points.
One wrote: “It’s neither controversial nor provocative, it is an objective and accurate portrait of the town.”