SCARBOROUGH harbour will twinkle with festive lights again in the run-up to Christmas.
Many of the boats moored in the marina will be adorned with decorative lights, creating a magical scene.
It started four years ago, when Ron Walker and other harbour users offered a trophy for the boat with the best Christmas decorations.
They were taking part in a lights competition run by the Castle Ward Tenants and Residents Association for the last 15 years.
Three years ago, the Sons of Neptune joined in by offering cash prizes, which the winners ended up donating to charity.
This year, the Sons have changed tack.
They are raising money for Marie Curie by soliciting donations from local businesses and offering two cups, to be kept for a year. They have collected £130 so far.
“Our target is to achieve sufficient sponsorship to enable us to give at least £10 per vessel to Marie Curie,” said Cecil Ridley, one of the Sons.
The cups will be presented to the owners of the best illuminated yacht and fishing boat by the mayor at 5.45pm on December 20, on the Golden Ball slipway.
The cups are memorials to the late Captain Sydney Smith, and have been paid for from a bequest in his will; and Bill Sheader.
The residents group’s competition covers the whole of Castle ward, including the harbour.
To take part, an entry form should be completed. Forms are available at the Castle Community Office in the Market Vaults, the Leeds Arms pub, the Train Shop in Eastborough and the Evening News. They are also printed in the association’s newsletter, which is dropping through letterboxes throughout the ward about now.
“Everyone in the harbour who lights up gets a breakfast voucher for Waterfront or Café Columbus,” said Cllr Janet Jefferson, who chairs the group.