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More signs of Jack Frost?

School Creates a Golden River

150 ft drop into open mouths

Grand Prix Circuit Planned

Millennium Marriage

Lifeboat sails the open road

Pulling power

£12 to Park

Quotes......

"We've installed flushing sensors.....

""We're getting a bit fed up......

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More signs of Jack Frost?

Thieves who broke into a lorry trailer on Hunmanby Industrial estate stole six boxes of McCain frozen chips worth £60.

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School Creates a Golden River

Parents packed Northstead Primary School's hall for a night of festive entertainment.

Ninety children from years five and six took to the stage in a pantomime they devised called the King of the Golde River, and based on a children's play written for a cast of five.

Drama co-ordinator Carol Ediston said: "It has been a very busy period for the school and we had three weeks to prepare for this so everyone did very well.

A collection after the event raised £83 towards curtains for the school's dining hall.

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150 ft drop into open mouths

Daredevil pensioner Hilder Briggs left passers-by open mouthed as she abseiled 150 ft from the roof of the Grand Hotel.

Miss Briggs, 80, of the Esplanade, was joined by three other people, representing the Soroptomists, who used the opportunity to raise money for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and landmine campaign Limbs for Life.

Pinder school teacher Liz Curry and Kate and Tim Corrigan from Louise Florist in Huntress Row were the other members of her team.

As Miss Briggs, former head of Scarborough Girls High School and founder and first headmistress of Graham School, started her descent she slipped on a parapet but said she never thought about giving up.

Miss Briggs put the initial hiccup behind her and made the rest of the abseil look easy.

She was assisted by Dave Joy, of the Scarborough outdoor pursuits company Moor Horizons.

"I'm shaking, not with fear but tension," she said as she reached the bottom. "I'm glad I've done it, but once is enough!"

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Pulling power

Scarborough's world boxing Champion, Paul Ingle, joined more than 150 runners in the town's Christmas Cracker 10km Road Race.

Competitors from as far afield as Scotland descended on the town to take part in the run, formerly known as the World AIDS Day Road Race.

Orginiser Linda Smith-Tomcazk was delighted with the biggest entry since the race was set up five years ago.

She said: "We also had some fantastic feed back from the runners, so it was a really good event.

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Grand Prix Circuit Planned

Dave Waite and Duggie I'Dell have announced ambitious plans to open an indoor go-kart centre on the outskirts of Scarborough.

They want to get approval for a scheme called Kart 2000

It involves installing a circuit inside an empty factory building in Dunslow Road.

Dave and his partner Duggie are prepared to spend £100,000 on the venture, plus an extra £70,000 leasing the site, which is between premises occupied by the Forge Plastics and William Hare companies.

Mr Waite, 51, said: "We shall soon be putting in a planning application and if we get the go-ahead we could be up and running next spring.

"There will be no problems with noise because the building has been soundproofed and there are no homes in the area anyway.

"We have got 33 parking spaces and our aim is to cater for people of all ages, including children, the disabled and even the blind.

"During the day we will run an 'arrive and drive' operation where people will just turn up and pay for say half an hour.

"Then we will have corporate evenings where firms will hire the place for a grand prix meeting with heats and an eventual winner.

"There are karting centres all over the country, but the nearest one to Scarborough is as far away as York and Hull. Most are on trading estates."

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Millennium Marriage

Romantic couple Adele Vickers and Gordon Jackson have good reason to go easy on the new year's eve celebrations.

For they are set to tie the knot at Scarborough Register Office at 8am on 1 January and the race will be on for the pair to become the first newly-weds of the century to exchange their vows.

Adele, 33, and Gordon, 46, only started arranging their special wedding a couple of months ago and had expected the register office to be fully-booked.

The couple, who have a one-year-old son Adam, were delighted when they were told they had not left it too late.

Adele said: "When the registrar came to the hospital after I'd had my son I told her we were going to get married and she said the first day of the millenium would be a nice time.

"We booked for 10am originally and then the register office contacted us and asked if we would like to bring it forward to 8am which meant we could be the first in the country."

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Quotes......

"We've installed flushing sensors for the boys' toilets......."

Mr Pynn, Head teacher for Scalby School, when Yorkshire Water urged local schools to save water.

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Lifeboat sails the open road

Scarborough lifeboat was lifted out of the water by crane yesterday(17 Dec '99) and carefully placed on a low loader to begin a road journey to the Amble boatyard in Northumberland for engine repairs.

This was a straight swap for a relief boat from Lytham St Annes near Blackpool, which had been brought across country on the same lorry.

The relief boat will be stationed at the Scarborough boathouse until the repaired boat returns. It is exactly the same model as Scarborough's own boat - Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs - and will be manned by the local crew.

When the repairs are completed early next week the Scarborough crew will travel up to the boatyard and bring her back by sea.

"We are hoping to collect the boat on Tuesday(21 Dec '99) or Wednesday(22 Dec '99),"said Coxwain Richard Constantine.

"They are taking one engine out and putting a new one in, which isn't a long job. The new engine will be fully tried and tested before we collect the boat, so the trip back isn't a sea trial. We will bring her back in about six hours."

The Crew then plans to sail the relief boat up to be berthed at Hartlepool.

The whole operation has been planned to ensure there is no break in the lifeboat service at Scarborough, which is an all-year-round station.

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Quotes......

"We're getting a bit fed up of fighting the same kid....I want Ryan to knock him clean out this time."

Tommy Johnson, Scarborough Amateur Boxing Club trainer, on having to fight boxer Stephen Hunt for the National Association of Boys Clubs' light-middleweight title.

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£12 to Park

A senior councillor wants the authority to modify its new parking plans and drop the proposal to charge some residents £12 to leave cars outside their homes.

Coun Tony Randerson will ask fellow members of the council's policy and resources committee to back him at a meeting on Monday(20 Dec '99).

He said : "The scheme is not about making money for the council. Although town centre residents will receive priority parking status, they are still expected to pay for parking outside their own homes.

"This is simply not fair on our urban residents who are effectively being asked to pay an addtional tax just for owning a car.

"I believe that the scheme is perfectly viable without the £12 penalty on town centre residents and would like to see plans for the £12 fee for priority parking disks dropped completely."

Coun Randerson will also ask for the public consultation period to be extended and further consideration given to the impact on businesses in the town.

His views about the residents charge and consultation period are backed by fellow Central ward councillors Eric Broadbent and Dave Thompson.

Coun Broadbent said: "We have got to move away from the belief that cars have a right to drive through and park on residential and commercial streets. Causing environmental nuisance and misery is no longer acceptable.

"Driving in town is not a right - it is a privilege, and one that must not be abused, but the price must not be paid by those who will suffer most."

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".....and Barry McGuigan is a well-known after dinner speaker."

Steve Hamblett, Paul Ingles new agent, on promoting 'An Evening with Paul Ingle and Friends'

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All information on this page culled from The Scarborough Evening News and TRADER w/e 18 Dec '99