Orpheus the Mariner conquers Scarborough seafront

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The wind howled, the rain fell and people came out in their hundreds for the first night of the two-part epic seafront drama Orpheus the Mariner.

Schoolchildren, amateur acting and music groups took part in the love story, which started at the Spa, processed along Foreshore Road to the Harbour where giant puppets rose from the depths.

Orpheusarriving from the depths

Orpheusarriving from the depths

The lamp-lit spectacle heralded the three-day arts event – Coastival – a feast of music, art, drama and workshops.

The second part of Orpheus takes place tomorrow, starting at the Lifeboat House at 5.30pm. It will include a world record attempt for the largest puppet – 80ft tall Hades.

He will rise above Valley Road between 6.15pm and 6.30pm.

Orpheus is the brainchild of Lee and Dawn Threadgold who run Scarborough-based Animated Objects.

“Tonight went brillaintly,” said Lee, “Everyboduy coped well with the weather.”

Mike and Louise Grainger from Newby brought their two children, Marcus, six, and three-year-old Phoebe to see the show.

“It is absolutely gobsmacking,” said Mike. “So much time and effort has gone into making this a real spectacular. I have never seen anything like it.”

Falsgrave-based Maria Carson was with her daughter Lynda. “I would not have missed this for the world,” said Maria.