Focus put on Scarborough

SCARBOROUGH is in the spotlight for a new television series, Town.

It is one of four places – the others are Perth, Ludlow and Totnes – explored by adventurer and geographer Nicholas Crane.

He aims to put towns back on the map and refocus them as important sustainable communities amongst predictions that by 2030 92 per cent of us will be living in urban areas.

In each programme he uncovers the secrets of a town’s survival; the reasons for its enduring appeal; and what it can teach people today about living the urban dream.

Dr Gerry Mooney, academic Consultant for the Open University, which co-produced the programme, said: “Town with Nicholas Crane provides a great platform to explore some of the key social sciences issues of today around questions of community, sustainability, inequality, diversity and power, and through areas of the UK that have often been overlooked in academic and policy-making debates.”

The four programmes will be broadcast on Thursdays at 9pm, BBC2, starting on July 28 with Ludlow, which is on the Welsh border, then featuring Scarborough, Perth, in Scotland, and Totnes, Devon.