Dionne gets season under way with concert of all her hit songs

Dionne Warwick entertains at the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter 122342c

Dionne Warwick entertains at the Open Air Theatre.Picture Richard Ponter 122342c

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SINGING superstar Dionne Warwick has got the season at the Open Air Theatre in Scarborough under way with a concert of her hit songs.

The American played to 1,200 people at the venue in Northstead Manor Gardens.

“She is just fabulous,” said Jenny Burns, of Coldyhill Lane, Scarborough. She and her friend Sylvia Bramheld joined in Heartbreaker and danced to the likes of Say A Little Prayer and San Jose.

“It’s fantastic that someone as famous as Dionne Warwick has come to Scarborough,” said Jenny, “It’s just a shame that it is not better supported.”

There were a lot of empty seasts at the 6.000 capacity theatre and dark clouds and a chill air hung over the evening.

Welcome to Yorkshire area co-ordinator Janet Deacon said: “We are delighted to have welcomed such a fantastic international star as Dionne Warwick to the venue.

“The crowds seem to thoroughly enjoy the evening and the weather held out for most of the concert, whilst the concert was not a sell out the tickets sold were comparable and in some cases better that the other venues that Dionne had appeared in. Dionne also seemed to be thoroughly enjoying the event”.

The day after her Scarborough concert, it was announced that Warwick will headline the Brecon Jazz Festival in August.

Friends Debbie Fowler and Kelly O’Brien were in the front row for Warwick’s Scarborough date. “We fancied a girlie night out,” said Kelly. “A lot of people can relate to her songs,” she said.

Couple Trish and Devon Ramsden had travelled from Bingley for the occasion.

Scarborough Council has put together a programme for the Open Air Theatre after operator Apollo failed to announce any acts.