Glowing praise for Scarborough

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SCARBOROUGH has been heralded as a gem on the Yorkshire coast by a well-known local archaeologist.

John Oxley, a city archaeologist for York Council, moved to Scarborough in 2005 and revealed he loves life by the seaside.

He said: “I moved to Scarborough because I’d always hankered after living by the sea. The views are incredible; Scarborough and the Castle one way, and South Bay and expanse of sand the other.”

Asked which former star of the stage of screen he would like to take for lunch, Mr Oxley chose famous Scarborough actor Charles Laughton and also singled out renowned Scarborough playwright Alan Ayckbourn and esteemed Bridlington artist David Hockney for praise.

He added: “Charles Laughton was a Scarborough lad who became a great character actor, and the film he directed, The Night of the Hunter, is a classic.

“He didn’t forget his home town either, and I’ve read that he brought some of his Hollywood chums to Scarborough and took them tunny fishing.”

Mr Oxley also singled out The Francis Tea Room, in South Street, as a hidden Scarborough treasure and added the Leeds Arms, in St Mary’s Street, was a favourite drinking place in the town.