SCARBOROUGH will be a big part of next summer’s Olympic Games thanks to an unlikely partnership.
As part of a new project, named Coast 2012, Scarborough will be twinned with the London borough of Hackney.
A spokesperson for Coast 2012 said the link-up with Hackney, called East meets East, would bring major benefits to the borough and offer Scarborough residents a once in a lifetime chance to get involved in the games.
The spokesperson said: “By linking the east coast to the east end of London through sport, culture and the arts, residents of the borough will be able to share the experiences, ideals and benefits of this unique event. The project will also inspire the Olympic ideals of ambition, achievement and collaboration.”
The borough of Hackney is one of five in London which is hosting the Olympics.
Coast 2012 will be delivered by charity Seachange, Scarborough Council and the borough of Hackney. A wide range of activities have been promised in the lead-up to the games.
Mitch Cook, Seachange’s Olympic co-ordinator said: “There is some amazing sporting talent and clubs locally. This gives us the chance to show what we do here to the rest of the country. There are some great events such as the Big Swim, The Centenary of Peasholm Park, Armed Forces Week and a partnership with the schools in the Esk Valley and so much more to inspire young people to get involved in not just in sport but culture too.”
Cllr Derek Bastiman, Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning said the partnership with Hackney would be “inspirational”.
He added: “Coast 2012 will use the theme of the world’s biggest sporting event to raise the aspirations of everyone in our borough, particularly children and young people.”
Cllr Guy Nicholson, the London Borough of Hackney’s cabinet member for regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, added his support to the initiative.
He said: “The 2012 London Games have at their heart the aspiration to bring us together through sport and through the arts, connecting communities up and down the land to celebrate not only success but the value of being part of something.
“Our partnership can do just this and set about building a rewarding relationship that could serve our communities well into the future.”
Borough of Hackney Borough of Scarborough
Population 216,000 106,000
Area 7.4 square miles 315.3 square miles
Local delicacy Jellied eels Fish and Chips
Crimes per year 133 per 1,000 people 67 per 1,000 people
Landmark St Augustine’s Tower Scarborough Castle
TV Eastenders The Royal
Venue Hackney Empire Stephen Joseph Theatre
Criminals Ronald and Reginald Kray Vine Street murderer
Ethnicity 60 per cent white 96 per cent white
60+ population 15 per cent 27.5 per cent
Musicians Marc Bolan Robert Palmer
Sport facilities Hackney Marshes Olivers Mount
MPs Dianne Abbott Robert Goodwill
DJs Trevor Nelson Jimmy Savile
Businessmen Lord Sugar Andrew Pindar
Directors Alfred Hitchcock Alan Ayckbourn
Footballers Shaka Hislop Jonathan Greening