Villagers are gearing up for a right royal knees-up when they celebrate the 35th annual Scalby Fair with a bumper Jubilee event this week.
To mark the milestone, the traditional date of the Fair Day has been moved forward to Saturday to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
A special 32-page commemorative brochure has also been produced featuring articles on Domesday village Scalby and the fair’s history, as well as a village trail, with all proceeds going to local causes.
Roger Tiffin, chairman of the Scalby Fair Committee, said the week-long event, which kicked off on Monday with a fun run, was set to be the best yet.
“It’s an integral event for the village. A lot of these fairs have sadly fallen by the wayside now due to rising insurance costs and health and safety almost taking over. But we intend to keep going for another 35 years,” he said. “The aim of the fair is to foster a community spirit, by encouraging participation in many varied activities and events, and to support local business. It brings the village together.”
Boasting a “Diamonds are Forever” theme, this year’s programme features a Diamond Jubilee Quiz Night at the Nags Head at 7.30pm this evening, followed by a live band and barbecue at the pub tomorrow, along with a Flower Festival preview at St Laurence’s church.
On Saturday hundreds of visitors from across Scarborough are expected to head to Scalby High Street to attend the Fair Day, which is packed with a host of activities, including dance displays and a children’s fancy dress parade.
The event will be officially opened by Scarborough Town Crier Alan Booth at 1pm and will feature the Mayor of Scarborough, Helen Mallory.
There will also be live music, over 50 stalls, a falcon and hawks exhibition, Punch and Judy and children’s rides.
This year’s Scalby Fair will draw to a close with a Queen’s Jubilee Celebration at St Laurence’s Church followed by a special Diamond Jubilee Party Picnic in the church rooms.
The annual event grew out of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, which took the form of a giant street party with tables down the centre of the High Street.
Following its success, the Scalby Fair Committee was formed in early 1978 with the intention of keeping the community spirit alive.
Run entirely by volunteers, the event has raised more than £30,000 over the years for community organisations, including Scalby Village Trust, village sports clubs and local schools and charities.
Mr Tiffin said one of the biggest changes he had noticed since the fair’s inception was the loss of village amenities.
“A lot of shops and businesses in the village have closed, including the Post Office,” he said.
“If you go back, there used to be a lot more than there is now. The whole community centre is a lot quieter than it used to be. However, the village has still got a fantastic community.”