MEMBERS of Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre are celebrating after the group was awarded charity status.
It comes after a year of hard work by the centre’s secretary, Faith Young, and has been awarded by the Charity Commission.
Mark Vesey, the centre’s chairman, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for us as we are a non-profit-making volunteer run group. Charitable status opens up whole new areas of funding and will eventually lead to us securing a permanent building for the wonderful collection of heritage artefacts we have built up.
“Scarborough’s history is unique and the town deserves an iconic heritage centre that does justice to that.”
The news comes ahead of the second anniversary of the group moving into its current Eastborough base.
The group started in 2003 with a donation of 30 boxes of photographs, log books, certificates, harbour records and maritime memorabilia.
Two years ago it received another donation of a lifetime collection of more than 50,000 maritime photographs.