Music, fireworks and tall ships - it's Seafest!

TALL ships, great music, fine food and beer, fireworks, exhibitions, novelty events - that's Seafest.

Scarborough's annual maritime festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend. It's based around the harbour, centring on the West Pier.

Organiser Janet Jefferson says the Grand Turk is due to drop anchor at 6pm tomorrow and leave at 5pm Sunday. Other visiting ships include the North Eastern Guardian and the Explorer.

The rowing club will stage a couple of races; a new coble, Gratitude, owned by Alan Richmond, will be displayed on the West Pier; and fireworks will be fired from the beach at 10.30pm Saturday.

Lifeboat coxswain Tommy Clarke will walk from the lighthouse to the Sub-Aqua Club wearing a heavy, old-fashioned diving suit. The suit will be demonstrated in the harbour on Sunday afternoon by fisherman and author Fred Normandale, mayor Billy Chatt and council leader Tom Fox.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons, various folk musicians will perform on a stage on the West Pier (next to Cropton Brewery's marquee); at the Lancaster, Leeds Arms and Merchant pubs; at the Yacht Club and the Anchorage and Sub-Aqua clubs; and at the Sea Cadets Hall.

The line-up includes a few acts from overseas: headliners There Be Pirates, billed as "California's number-one pirate jam band", Finn & Haddie and Debra Cowan from the USA; Holland's Armstrongs Patent, who will set the ball rolling on Friday; and French musicians Flossie and Les Pirates.

Among the British talent will be ex-Spinner Hughie Jones, Liverpool's Stormalong John, Whitby Communtiy Choir and Scarborough Poetry Workshop.

Richard Grainger, who is coordinating Seafest's music programme, will play with Chris Parkinson and Teesside's Endeavour Shantymen. His play, The Moorland Whalers, will be performed at 1pm Sunday at the Sea Cadets Hall, where a songwriting competition will be judged on Saturday.

Seafest will also feature seafood cookery demonstrations, a Natural England exhibition of underwater life on our coastline and performances by

Bell & Bullock, Pirate Pat and Shanghai Brown.

The other performers include Wendy Arrowsmith, Dick Miles, Penni Maclaren Walker, Adrian O, Bernard Davies, Steve Dawes & Helen Pitt, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Tom Hughes, Men of Staithes, Monkey's Fist, Andrew McKay & Carole Etherton, pupils from Hornsea School, Blind Summat, Bob Fortune, Two Black Sheep and a Stallion, Stormcrow and Peter Taylor.