All information on this page culled from The Scarborough Evening News w/e 11 Dec '99


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First signs of Jack Frost?

New town centre manager

Romans found under Nuns

Sir Robert Comes to Town

Burning floor is not dangerous

Round Santa on Tour

Scouts Posted

Scarborough Pantos

Quotes......

"Jet-skiers are no different.....

"We would like to take this......

"such a gentle director - he teases.........

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First signs of Jack Frost?

Chicken, ham, lasagne and a box of stuffing were stolen from a freezer, in a garage in Hunmanby.

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New town centre manager

Margaret Inglesant took up her new role seven days ago and has been getting to know people.

She has already spoken with the Chamber of Trade and the Forum for Tourism and has arranged to meet members of the local business community.

Mrs Inglesant is gathering information on Christmas events and promotions. She urges people to let her know what they are doing as she is compiling an information sheet. Ring her on 01723 341011

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Romans found under Nuns

Roman remains dating back 2,000 years were unearthed last week (w/e Dec 4 '99) at a Harrison construction site at the former convent on Queen Street.

The Malton building company has been developing the convent into sheltered apartments for the elderly and has involved local archaeologists since the project first began in 1996.

On-site excavation director Trevor Pearson, of Scarborough Archaeological and Historical Soc. said "Our original discovery, an open-air hearth with evidence of the existence of a fence, had been covered over in the middle ages by a rampart of mud used to support the medieval stone town wall."

Until the discoveries at the Queen Street site there was no firm evidence of Roman settlement in Scarborough itself, although the remains of a dwelling have been found at Crossgates.

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Scouts Posted

Eastfield Scouts are reminding residents they are spreading the Christmas message across the area through their festive postal service.

Collecting boxes for cards for the 49th Eastfield Scouts Christmas Post have been placed at:

The Barber's Shop, Manham Hill, Eastfield;

Hairborn Sylists, Crossgates;

Priory Stores and Hillcrest Stores, Osgodby;

and West End Stores, Cayton.

Stamps for the service, which covers the Eastfield, Cayton and Crossgates areas, cost 10p and are available at the above outlets until 22 Dec '99

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Sir Robert Comes to Town

Contractors have started work on a multi-million-pound scheme which will transform part of Scarborough's town centre.

The project involves demolishing buildings at the corner of Westborough and Aberdeen Walk to make way for a new HMV and a New look clothes store.

Experts with main contractor Leeds-based Sir Robert McAlpine have been forced to design a special weighted scaffolding structure.

Project manager Chris Rafferty said: "The structure may look simple, but alot of work has gone into designing it."

The structure would be used to hold up the facade of the first and second floor of the old Stage Door building while the ground floor would be demolished.

"Huts will arrive tomorrow(thursday 8 Dec '99) and then a metal fence will be put up which will next week be replaced by more environmentally-friendly wooden hoardings which will be painted," said Mr Rafferty.

"The Hoardings will be 8ft high and will come out 8ft onto Westborough and 16ft onto Aberdeen Walk because we will need more room there for the scaffolding structure.

"Structural demolition will start mid-January and be completed by mid to late February.

"We will then make a start on the new foundations with the steel structure starting to go up at the beginning of April."

Mr Rafferty said in early July it was hoped to hand over the two new shops to HMV and New Look so they could be fitted out.

The Scheme involves pulling down the sites of the former Axess mobile phone shop and the Famous Army shop in Westborough, plus the shops formerly occupied in Aberdeen Walk by Heron Frozen Foods,H.C.Sport and leisurewear and estate agents Bairstow Eves.

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Burning floor is not dangerous

Faulty electric cables may been the cause of a fire under the floorboards of a house in Prospect Road Scarborough on wed 8 Dec '99.

The fire was reported just before 8am but the caller had to hang up halfway through, due to being overcome by smoke. A second call was made by a neighbour.

Firefighters lifted the floorboards and sourced the fire to the wires under the floor in the kitchen area. Smoke and fire damage to the house was minimal.

Station officer Chris Close of Scarborough Fire Brigade, said: "Apart from in a grate it was probably the least dangerous place to have a fire."

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Quotes......

"Jet-skiers are no different to other people who enjoy going out to sea. What we would ask them to do straight away is talk to an RNLI safety adviser and after a couple of hours they will have learned quite a bit."

Tony Ives, sea safety adviser for the RNLI in the North East of England, after three jet-skiers got into trouble off Royal Albert Drive, near the Oasis Cafe, at 1.50pm Sunday 5 Dec '99

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Round Santa on Tour

The round table ghetto-blasting Santa sleigh has performed at Newby, Cayton, Falsgrave, Box Hill and Scalby ......Future billings will be at Victoria Road, Castle Road on Monday, Seamer and Crossgates on Tuesday, Ayton on Wednesday, Newlands on Thursday and the lucky people on Friday are......Scalby Mills!

All proceeds go to local charities, the bulk of the monies in the last two years have gone to WRVS. So when you hear Santas music pound your windows stand up, go to the door, wave at Santa (nicely) and reach into those long pockets of yours.

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Quotes......

"We would like to take this opportunity to deny any links between Widow Twanky and Jeffrey Archer,"

Ashley George, the Genie of the Lamp, when asked about the Fame Factory panto Aladdin at the Futurist Theatre

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Scarborough Pantos

Aladdin, by Fame Factory Productions, at the Futurist Theatre from next Monday until 18 Dec '99 (£7/£5).

Cinderella, by White Rose Productions, at the Spa Theatre from 18-28 Dec '99 (£5.50/£4.50/£4).

Sleeping Baeuty, by YMCA Productions, at the YMCA from 26 Dec-4 Jan '99 (£5.50/£4.50).

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Quotes......

"such a gentle director - he teases things out of you. He's really lovely."

Mark Stratton, actor inside Padwac, when asked about working with Alan Ayckbourn for the first time.

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All information on this page culled from The Scarborough Evening News w/e 11 Dec '99