15 things you’ll remember if you grew up in Scarborough in the 1980s

Here are 15 things you’ll remember if you grew up in Scarborough in the 1980s.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 4:43 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 4:54 pm
15 things youll remember if you grew up in Scarborough in the 1980s.
15 things youll remember if you grew up in Scarborough in the 1980s.

Last week we shared memories of the 1970s, and this week we’ve flashed forward a decade. In the 80s Marvels, Waterscene, Kinderland and World of Holograms arrived in town. Some proved more elusive than others, and we struggled to find pictures - if you have any photos you’d like to add to our archive, contact us at [email protected].

You might know that at one point camels raced on South Bay during the Scarborough carnival.You might even know why.
You celebrated when Scarborough FC got promoted to the Football League Fourth Division in 1987.

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The Queens sister opened Saint Catherines in 1985.
You remember when the old Zoo and Marineland became Mr Marvels in 1984. The animals left, but the rides and dinosaurs arrived.
You remember when giant capsized ship Navena was towed into Scarborough.
You remember this attraction which has all but faded from existence, no photos seem to exist of it. It was situated next to The Princess Cafe in part of what is now the Penny Arcade.
You remember when Scarborough FC saw victory over Chelsea with a 32 win in the League Cup after achieving a 11 draw during the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
In the 80s acts didnt come for an evening they came for the summer! Like Keith and Orville at the Opera House in 1982.
Found upstairs in Jimmy Corrigans arcade, this attraction arrived the same year as Kinderland - 1985. It boasted a collection of optical illusions live performances also took place there.
Another tricky one to find photos of, this was one of the places to go out in the 80s, located in the Balmoral Centre, pictured. Even under 18s could get in on the action at the 14-18 teen disco night on Fridays.
This didnt close until the end of the decade in 1989 so there was plenty of days spent diving into the pool looking out over the South Bay.
You were here to witness the opening of one of Scarboroughs most-loved childrens attractions - Kinderland in 1985. Birthday parties, school trips, days out with brownies and scouts, many were spent here.
You might have watched some shows, or Its a Knockout at the theatre in the early part of the 80s but you remember it closing in 1986.
If you were old enough for a night on the tiles, maybe Scene 1 + 2 took your fancy, or was it Tunnel Club or Lemon Tree?
The North Bay Bathing Pool was transformed into Waterscene in 1984 and you were there to take a trip down, at the time, the longest water slide in the WORLD. In 1987 the name changed to Watersplash but the fun remained.