Guests set to feast like kings

Above, a previous Night before the Colours event held at the Spa. And below, Scarborough Castle's keep.
Above, a previous Night before the Colours event held at the Spa. And below, Scarborough Castle's keep.

Tickets are selling fast for a spectacular charity dinner event which will be held within the walls of Scarborough Castle.

A Night Before the Keep, takes place on Friday, September 14 when guests will be met with champagne fountains, regimental drums, luxurious marquees, exquisite cuisine, live music and a grand fireworks display – all set within the historic Inner Bailey.

D013048c. Holiday Guide 2001. Pic Kevin Allen.'Scarborough Castle keep.

D013048c. Holiday Guide 2001. Pic Kevin Allen.'Scarborough Castle keep.

The five-star military dinner is an exclusive one-off event which is being held to celebrate the year of the Queen’s Jubilee.

Tickets, which went on sale just over a week ago, are being snapped up by people who are keen to take advantage of the unique opportunity to swap their dining rooms for castle ruins.

Organiser Captain Tony Viney, who has enjoyed previous success with three years of A Night Before The Colours at the Spa, said: “It’s a great honour to be granted one-off permission by English Heritage to deliver such an experience for the town.

“ It’s the first time such an event has occurred since Richard III stayed here more than 500 years ago.

“Those who come to this magnificent event can rest assured they will be in for a real treat. We are pulling out all the stops to make sure this one goes into Scarborough’s history books.”

Event sponsors include Scarborough Borough Council, Pindar, the Alliance Fish Agency and Barnard and Westwood.

Captain Viney added: “With the aid of our kind supporters we will be putting this event together using only local businesses and products, which is extremely important for the town.

“It will showcase what is available within the borough and demonstrates what Scarborough can achieve when we all work together.”

Organisers are working closely with conservation experts to make sure the castle is protected during the fundraiser.

The event, which was revealed by the Scarborough News in June, will feature a five-star meal in a candlelit marquee, with a buffet-style main course

During the evening, guests will have full access to the castle grounds and the museum. They will also have the chance to have their photograph taken with armed guards and regimental drummers, who will be performing at the event.

Following the dinner, a bugler will play the Last Post and diners will be asked to observe a two-minute silence as a mark of remembrance. There will then be a firework display and guests will then be able to dance the night away to live music by a swing band.

A total of 350 tickets, priced at £60 each, have gone on sale at the Spa.

Tables are for between 10 and 12 guests and carry a strict dress code of black tie and evening dress or the military equivalent, with medals where appropriate.

The castle gates will be opened for guests to arrive from 6pm and carriages will be at 1am the following morning.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to support Heroes Welcome, The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund, the RNLI and The Cambridge Centre.

For more information contact Captain Viney on 07554 017478.

Tickets can be purchased in person from the Spa or over the phone on 01723 357869.