Thousands to attend Engineering Week as Bloodhound returns

An exact replica of the Bloodhound SSC land speed record jet car appears to fly over Scarborough as it  is craned into the Spa Suncourt, as the 'VIP guest' for Scarborough Engineering Week. Picture by Andrew Higgins  124164a  14/10/12
An exact replica of the Bloodhound SSC land speed record jet car appears to fly over Scarborough as it is craned into the Spa Suncourt, as the 'VIP guest' for Scarborough Engineering Week. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124164a 14/10/12

Thousands of school and 
college students are gearing up to attend Scarborough 
Engineering Week.

The annual event, now in its sixth year, has grown from a small gathering of children in Plaxton’s workshop to this year’s biggest ever exhibition.

Over four days from today, the longest the event has run for, scores of local and national businesses will be exhibiting at the Spa.

More than 4,000 youngsters and adults are expected to 
attend.

This year will also see the return of the Bloodhound 
Supersonic Car, which has been used in world land speed record attempts.

The car proved a huge hit with the pupils when it was last in Scarborough at Engineering Week 2012.

The event is organised by the Scarborough Business Ambassadors, the group which is bringing the £10 million University Technical College to the town,

Chairman of the group, Peter Wilkinson, of Eastfield-based Unison, said: “It is amazing to think that we started out by clearing the coaches out of Plaxton’s and having a couple of schools come down.

“This year we have got major exhibitors and sponsors and are expecting more than 4,000 to visit over the four days.

“With this and the UTC we want to show the young people of Scarborough that there are many internationally renowned firms right here on their doorsteps and this could be their future.”

This year’s main sponsor is York Potash, with firms including AB Graphic International, Firmac Ltd, Deep Sea Electronics, Dale Power Solutions, MOOG, Osprey, Sainsburys, McCain and Yorkshire Coast College all taking part across the four days.

Prince Charles has also sent a message of congratulations to the group, which will be read before the annual engineering week dinner on Wednesday night.

Lord Baker, who helped get the town’s UTC bid approved by the Government, will also be a guest of honour at the dinner.