Cruise ship sails by

Cruise ship Queen Elizabeth passes Scarborough'The toll house dwarfed by the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth..'Picture by Neil Silk  113578e
Cruise ship Queen Elizabeth passes Scarborough'The toll house dwarfed by the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth..'Picture by Neil Silk 113578e

THOUSANDS of people turned out on Saturday to see the majestic Queen Elizabeth cruise liner sail past Scarborough.

The ship came less than a mile off the town’s South Bay, as part of its maiden voyage around Britain.

The Queen Elizabeth sails past Scaborough South Bay. Picture Richard Ponter 113579a

The Queen Elizabeth sails past Scaborough South Bay. Picture Richard Ponter 113579a

Speaking from on board the ship, veteran DJ and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile, who has a flat in Esplanade, said: “We’re just coming past now, less than a mile from the shore.

“I can see my flat and there’s no-one in.

“Scarborough looks spectacular from the sea. I could just do with diving overboard and swimming ashore and getting into the Rendezvous Cafe.”

One Scarborough resident, watching from the packed St Nicholas Cliff gardens, said: “We’ve seen ships sail by before. I think it’s great fun and it’s good for the town.

The Queen Elizabeth sails past Scaborough South Bay,waving to the boat. Picture Richard Ponter 113579d

The Queen Elizabeth sails past Scaborough South Bay,waving to the boat. Picture Richard Ponter 113579d

“We’ve got a great vantage point. It’s spectacular.”

Cllr David Jeffels, who holds the portfolio on Scarborough Council for tourism, was among the throng of spectators.

He said: “It was very impressive when it came in to view. I was at the Sea Cliff car park and there were big crowds there, and there were plenty of people on the Esplanade as well.

“It gave the late-season holidaymakers a nice bonus.

“It would have been nice if it could have stopped off for a few days in Scarborough!”