Are you the girl in Scarborough photo?

Girl with beach ball in South Bay
Girl with beach ball in South Bay

Staff at Scarborough Art Gallery are keen to track down their ‘poster girl’ for a new exhibition tracing the town’s history as a holiday resort through vintage photographs.

Seaside Snaps can be seen at the Gallery from 28 March to 21 June. It features photographs of the town’s holiday industry dating back to around the 1860s, and its curators, Collections Manager Jennifer Dunne and Collections Assistant Julie Baxter, selected a black and white image for the publicity leaflets and poster of a little girl holding aloft a beach ball on the beach near the Grand Hotel on Scarborough’s South Bay.

Jennifer says: “This lovely picture of a little dark-haired girl on the beach pretty much sums up the fun of a seaside holiday. We think it was probably taken in the early 1960s, which means she’ll be in her 50s now. We’d love to hear from her, and invite her to our private view on Friday 27 March.”

Other photographs in the exhibition will feature attractions long gone, such as the Gala Land amusement complex and the South Bay Pool, while others, such as the Rotunda Museums and Peasholm Park, are still going strong. The photographs will be accompanied by comments from the public which have been collected via a social media campaign.

Entry to the exhibition is £3, which then includes entry fee to both Scarborough Art Gallery and the Rotunda Museum for a year. The Gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm, plus bank holidays.

If you are the girl in the photo contact Sue Wilkinson at the Scarborough News: email:

Call: 01723 860162