Scarborough Flare was magnificent. This literary and artistic festival showcasing local talent demonstrated what wonderful writers, artists and performers we have right here in our own town and locality. We should celebrate this more.
I would also like to pay tribute to the Scarborough Flare committee who, running purely on goodwill and tremendous pertinacity, pulled the whole thing together.
In a programme including workshops, talks and performances of many kinds, it would be difficult to pull out only one highlight. We had sixth-formers dancing in the library, breath-taking postcards being written, haikus in the Brunswick, a Victorian scandal, community theatre at Westborough Methodist and stories, stories everywhere.
For me, however, the Hull to Scarborough Line ‘The Remarkable Mr Rutherford’ shines out, not only for its performance and impactful poetry, but also for bringing the actors Pauline Collins and John Alderton to be in the audience.
If you want to get involved next year, keep an eye on www.scarboroughflare.co.uk