Groups ‘leading light’ steps down

TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving member of the Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Society committee, after he stepped down following 35 years of service

A surprise ‘This is your life’ celebration was thrown in honour of Chris Hall, of Westbourne Park, at the groups recent AGM.

Mr Hall, who is also the council Conservation Officer, was described as “the leading light” of the group, and was said to be “overcome” during the ceremony.

Approximately 80 people were in attendance to honour Mr Hall, including members of the group, council officials and members of his family.

Tributes were paid to him, among others, by Shirley Collier, Chief Executive of Scarborough Museums Trust, followed by Adrian Perry, Chairman of the Civic Society.

Society President Trevor Pearson then gave an illustrated, humorous resume of the archaeological digs Chris and he had supervised together over the years.

Even Mr Hall’s elderly mother made a surprise appearance, and group secretary Vanessa Milner said the evening was a way to honour a man who has “fought tooth and nail” to preserve the integrity of the town.

She said: “He has been the leading light in the society for the last few years. I wanted to make sure he went out with a bang

“He’s taken on several roles in the last few years, and he might not have felt as appreciated as he should the last few years, so I wanted to make sure he knew how he we all felt.”

She added that he will still take a “background” role with the group, and was elected as a vice-president during the meeting, a role which should allow him to continue his passion for preservation in Scarborough.

He has lightened his workload at work, and has a young grandson to keep him busy.

And he is expected to become a grandfather again in the next few days, with another grandchild expected to be born on April 10.

Adrian Perry also paid tribute to his friend, saying: “I think Scarborough is very fortunate to have such a qualified person. It’s not an easy job to press people on the importance of conservation, but he loves Scarborough and he understands the town.”