A MAJOR UK political party has selected Scarborough as the venue for its 2011 spring conference.
Members of UKIP will be arriving in the town on Friday March 4 for the two-day event, which is to be held at the Spa Complex.
The main proceedings of the conference will take place the following day, where members will get together to discuss the party’s aims and ambitions for the forthcoming year.
Members will also be addressed by party officials and special guest speakers, including the party’s leader Nigel Farage.
As part of the conference, there will be other events taking place throughout the weekend.
On the Friday evening, guests will enjoy a drinks reception, followed by a two-course meal. There will also be live music, a disco and a casino.
Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, will be the hosting MEP for the weekend and said he is “absolutely delighted” Scarborough has been chosen to host the event.
“It’s around 10 years since Scarborough last held the event, and we are delighted to be coming back to the area,” he said.
“UKIP has a massive level of support in Yorkshire, and even though it will be a long way to travel for many of our supporters, it will no doubt be worth making the trip up.”
Mr Bloom has promised that in his role as host, he will be encouraging guests to sample the delights of the local area which could boost the local economy.
“It will be my responsibility to make sure that everybody gets to try the best beer and best fish and chips the town has to offer,” he added.
Attendees will also be encouraged to visit the local horse races, and the party are planning to put a bus on for guests who wish to attend.
Mr Bloom said many are looking forward to visiting Scarborough’s award winning beaches, which are located right next to the conference venue.
It is expected that hundreds of guests will be flocking from all over the country to attend the event.
The party, whose leader Nigel Farage was involved in a plane crash on election day last year, are best known for their anti-European stance, and have had great success in European Parliamentary elections.
They currently have 12 MEPs, who between them have the worst attendance record of all the political parties that sit in the parliament, which is located in Strasbourg.