Night of pomp and pageantry


SCARBOROUGH is to host a night of military pageantry in a bid show its support for Armed Forces charities.

Preparations are now underway for this year’s A Night Before the Colours - a military style fundraiser held at the Spa.



It is the second event of its kind in Scarborough after the inaugural dinner was held in 2009 - raising a total of £22,000.

This year’s Night Before the Colours is set to host extra celebrations as it marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion.

The event is being held to raise money for two Armed Forces charities; the Royal British Legion’s Scarborough Poppy Appeal and the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund.

Once again hundreds of people are expected to visit the Spa’s Grand Hall, which this year will be recently refurbished, and will be decked out in the style of a formal military Officer’s Mess.

Dressed in their finery, guests will observe traditions of the British Army including a loyal toast to Her Majesty The Queen and the passing of the port.

Major John Senior, organiser of the Night Before The Colours, and also founder of Scarborough’s Heroes Welcome Scheme, said: “This event is a unique opportunity for those who are not part of the Armed Forces to experience a formal military dinner where specific protocol and etiquette must be adhered to.

“It is also a fabulous social and entertaining evening, which helps raise funds for our much deserved heroes both at home and abroad serving the country.

“In addition to the musical entertainment on offer and spectacular firework display, as in the best military tradition there will, of course, be a few extra surprises along the way.”

The evening will begin with a VIP champagne reception, followed by a candlelit four course meal. Entertainment will include a firework display and music from the Band of Yorkshire Volunteers.

The event is being headed by Major Senior with Captain Tony Viney and supported by Scarborough Council.

This year’s A Night Before the Colours is being held on Friday, November 4.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, priced at £45 per person, and are available by contacting Scarborough Council’s Civic Officer Irene Webster on (01723) 232323 or emailing