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.
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.
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
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!"
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
She said: "We also had some fantastic feed
back from the runners, so it was a really good event.
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
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."
Romantic couple Adele Vickers and Gordon
Jackson have good reason to go easy on the new year's eve
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
"We've installed flushing sensors for the
Mr Pynn, Head teacher for Scalby School,
when Yorkshire Water urged local schools to save
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
"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
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.
"We're getting a bit fed up of fighting
the same kid....I want Ryan to knock him clean out this
Tommy Johnson, Scarborough Amateur Boxing
Club trainer, on having to fight boxer Stephen Hunt for the
National Association of Boys Clubs' light-middleweight
£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
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
"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."
".....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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