The day Bryan Adams rocked up in a tiny Whitby village

Bryan Adams played to villagers near Whitby last year
Bryan Adams played to villagers near Whitby last year

The news that rocker Bryan Adams is coming to Scarborough revives memories of his two other associations with the Yorkshire coast.

The Canadian rocker is to play Scarborough's Open Air Theatre on August 8; tickets go on sale on Friday April 1.

In July 2015 Adams was hired by a billionaire phone tycoon for a private birthday bash at Westerdale, near Whitby.

The gig was part of a lavish 50th birthday celebration thrown by Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross. Sources said all 149 villagers were invited to the party, which concluded with a dazzling firework display.

It was initially claimed the superstar was privately flown in for the gig but on Twitter the musician said he arrived by train, making the journey from Kings Cross.

He told the Whitby Gazette the area was a “really nice place”.

Mr Ross is understood to have one of his several properties in the village, and his foundation covered most of the bill to revamp the village hall. The billionaire’s property Dale View Farm is on the outskirts of the civil parish.

The Grimsby-born billionaire’s vast fortune has previously landed him on Forbes’ rich list.

As well as being a singer-songwriter, Adams is also a renowned photographer. In 2007 Nunnington Hall, near Hemsley, staged an exhibition of his photos.

He has photographed numerous musicians, and in 2002 was invited, along with other photographers from the Commonwealth, to photograph Queen Elizabeth II during her Golden Jubilee; one of the photographs from this session was used as a Canadian postage stamp.