Team ‘bounce back’ for Peasholm party

Flooding at Peasholm Park which caused the original centenary celebrations to be be cancelled
Flooding at Peasholm Park which caused the original centenary celebrations to be be cancelled

Peasholm’s centenary will be celebrated as plans for a giant party are finalised - two months after the original event had to be cancelled.

A programme of family entertainment has been lined up for Sunday, August 26, with organisers hoping for sunny skies after heavy down pours flooded the lake and caused June’s event to be abandoned.

Chairman of the Peasholm Park Friends’ group Linda Harper, said: “We had little choice but to postpone the event from June, but we were always going to bounce back and I’m delighted with the progress ourselves and Scarborough Council have been able to make.

“The centenary year of Peasholm Park is very special and deserves to be celebrated in style – the park is one of the best open spaces in Scarborough, if not the best. We have some great entertainment and activities for all the family to enjoy on 26 August – it should be a brilliant day.”

The centenary celebration will feature music of the Shadows by Ian Harper in the morning before the Hunmanby Silver Band takes to the stage on the lake from 2.30pm.

On the island there will be Japanese arts and crafts stalls, storytelling and Willow pattern plates displayed.

Throughout the park there will be stalls with arts and crafts, foods and children’s activities, a Scarborough Lions coconut shy, willow weaving workshops, miniature train rides, performances from the Benson School of Dance, a face painter, kite making, performances from the National Centre for Chinese Martial Arts in Harrogate, a display by the Scarborough in Bloom and Community Payback teams, and a Peasholm Park Friends stall.

Visitors will be able to write their favourite memories of the Park into a special Memory Book and enjoy a picture display featuring images by the Scarborough Museum Archive.

The centenary event slots in to a busy bank holiday weekend in Scarborough, with a firework display and ‘Three Tenors in the Park’ concert in Peasholm on Friday 24 August from 8pm, followed by the naval warfare display on the lake at 3pm the next day. Later that day, Saturday 25, JLS will be performing at the open air theatre, while Ken Dodd is at The Futurist Theatre, and ‘Sensational Sinatra’ is at Scarborough Spa. In the evening on Sunday 26 is a show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre featuring chat show host Michael Parkinson; while Joe Longthorne is at The Futurist.

The following day, Monday 27, sees Burniston Show, plus the start of the annual Scarborough Cricket Festival at the North Marine Road ground; and later ‘Voulez Vous - A Tribute to Abba’ at The Futurist Theatre.