Sparkling night set for golden royal link

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SCARBOROUGH’S annual Mayor’s Ball is set to go with a real sparkle, and offer a poignant insight into the golden history of the town.

The showpiece spectacle takes place later this month and aims to provide a cash boost for organisations across the Scarborough borough.

Centred upon a Mayor’s gala dinner, the glamorous evening will be based on the theme of a Diamond Jubilee to celebrate the Queen’s big date in June.

However, the night will take on a royal theme when Mayoress Jackie Blackburn dons the famous golden chain alongside Mayor Cllr John Blackburn to host the event.

The Mayoress’ Chain was presented to the then Scarborough Corporation in 1897.

A public subscription had been held to purchase the chain to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in that year.

The dinner, in association with the Rotary Club of Scarborough, will aim to raise much-needed funds for the Mayoress’ Community Fund, which benefits local groups and organisations throughout the borough.

Members of the Rotary Club will be running a silent auction with money-can’t-buy prizes, including a piece of diamond jewellery made especially for the occasion by Rosh jewellers.

The event, in association with the Rotary Club of Scarborough, will be held at Scarborough Spa on Friday March 30.

Tickets are £35 each and are available from Scarborough Council’s civic officer Irene Webster on (01723) 232311 or by email at

Alternatively, tickets can be purchased from Rotarian David Chapman at CPH Property Services, in St Thomas Street.