Arts event a big success with music and text

The writing was on the wall on Saturday night at a Scarborough art event called a Trail of Hidden Words.

It was organised by Charlotte Middleton, of Scarborough-based Electric Angel Design, who teamed up with five young local poets and musicians to display their views and opinions about the town in a new and exciting way on Saturday evening.

Visitors were treated to a mix of words, lighting and music which transformed and illuminated the Italian Gardens in the town’s South Cliff area.

Members of the public were invited to wander around the gardens and read large laser-cut panels of poetry and song lyrics which were hung around the area.

The garden’s trees and shelters were lit with coloured lighting while ambient instrumental music drifted from hidden speakers.

Charlotte said the event had been a great success with more than 150 people turning up. She added: “I was thrilled that the night was such a success, we had great feedback from both locals and guests of the town and we would love to do something similar in the near future.”

She said that the event had been was made possible when she was awarded one of nine prizes across the UK by national creative network Ideas Tap – an organisation which aims to make innovative ideas happen.

Charlotte said: “The aim of this event was to give a wider voice to young people by presenting their words in a visual rather than musical setting.”

Writers who took part on Saturday included:

• James Koppert – a rapper and founder of Scarborough Hip Hop School

• Jamie McGarry – a poet and founder of Valley Press

• Lee Simpson and Martyn Hughes – from local band Everyone an Army

• and Ben Sullivan – from local band Lazlo.

A number of organisations were also involved in organising Saturday’s event including:

As well as Electric Angel Design a number of other organisations were involved to help bring the idea to life including:

• Camel Event Productions

• Don French Signs

• Scarborough Council

• Lynn Tye of LynnBakes

• and David Ruston – who provided these pictures.

Charlotte began her studies Westwood College of Art and Design in 2005 and where she gained a Btec National Diploma and Foundation qualification.

Last year she graduated from Lincoln University and is currently involved with various creative projects.