Contest to help fund restoration

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A POETRY competition will help fund the restoration of an old map of Scarborough.

The symbolic depiction of the area, created by Edward Bawden, was based on a 1926 ordnance survey map.

Commissioned in 1931 by local hotelier Tom Laughton, it was displayed in the Pavilion Hotel, which was demolished and replaced by Pavilion House.

In 1961, when Laughton sold the hotel, he presented the map to the library.

It hung in the children’s section of the library for many years but was ignominiously obscured by stacks of boxes.

The map is now deteriorating badly and needs restoration and professional reframing to ensure its survival.

The library’s Friends group believes it would cost £1,800 to restore and reframe the map, and has launched an appeal.

“When restored, it will be shown in a more accessible place,” says Jo Reed, a great admirer of Bawden’s work, who has devised a poetry competition to boost the appeal.

Entries of no more than 20 lines, on the theme of Scarborough as a destination, or the sea and seaside in general, may take any form, from haiku or prose-poem to ballad. The name and address should be written on the back of each A4 entry. Under 14s, for whom entry is free, should give their date of birth.

Jo says the competition will be judged by a distinguished northern poet and £50 awarded to the winner, who will be asked to read the winning poem during a performance of shortlisted works. Book-tokens will be awarded to under-14s.

Submissions from over-14s should be accompanied by a cheque for £3 (£5 for two entries) which will go to the restoration fund.

Cheques should be made out to Friends of Scarborough Library and sent in an envelope marked Ballad for Bawden. It should be addressed to Colin Langford at the Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough, YO11 2NN, before the end of February.