First Y2K American tourist
About 100 twitchers descended on
Scarborough's North Bay after reported sightings of a rare
Ornithologists from all over the country
were alerted through the Grapevine Information service after
the American bird was seen on New Year's Eve, according to
Cayton birdwatcher John Harwood.
"it was first seen by Scarborough
birdwatcher Dave Bywater, who then told people through our
local system, and then it went on to the national
"this gull, which looks very similar to the
common gull, was first recorded in Scarborough in February
so this is only the second record," said Mr Harwood.
The bird stayed for New Year's Day but had
apparently flown off yesterday(2 Jan 2000) as it has not
been seen since.
Woman in 30ft death fall
Police are investigating the death of a
woman who fell more than 30ft from her flat after
celebrating the millennium.
The body of Vicky Grayston, 39, was found at
the foot of the building beneath her top-floor flat in
Blackburn Avenue, Bridlington, at about 1am on New Year's
A member of the public saw Miss Grayston
fall and informed the police.
A man was arrested at the scene and later
released on police bail.
Miss Grayston, who lived alone, had suffered
fractures to her skull, neck and pelvis.
Officers remain unclear exactly how she
managed to fall, they are keen to trace her movements after
she left The Parade pub in Bridlington about 50 minutes
Anyone who saw Miss Grayston in the hour
before midnight or earlier that evening is asked to call
Bridlington Police on (01262) 402700.
The former leader of Scaborough Borough
Council saw in the new millennium with a glass of champagne
in sun-drenched Australia after hearing she had been awarded
the OBE in the New Year's Honours List.
Mavis Don lost her seat on the council in
the elections last May, but the year ended on a high note
when she learned of her award.
Mavis, 68, said: "I just thought wow, wow,
wow. I just want to thank everyone who put my name forward.
I'm absolutely amazed at the award. I got a slight
intimation before I came to Australia that I might have been
"The OBE is beyond anything that I have ever
dreamed of. It's absolutely wonderful news for me and the
Labour group in Scarborough."
Mrs Don is staying with her daughter Kay
Pitts in Perth with her husband Eddie, who also lost his
seat in the May 1999 elections.
She became only the sixth female Mayor of
Scarborough in 1991 when she was the first Labour councillor
to hold the post for 25 years.
A teacher at Pindar School for 20 years, she
represented Eastfield from 1979 to 1999.
Scarborough's First Born
Mitilda Jane Adams, 6lb 9oz
12:09 New Years Day
"I was dressed as the Virgin Mary and my
husband was a Pirate - and I had people like Austin Powers
coming in to see how I was"
Millennium Mother Jackie Adams when asked
about the birth of Mitilda Jane Adams the first Scarborough
baby of 2000. She was enjoying a fancy dress party when she
went into labour.
Jump Threat Drama
A Barrowcliff woman had to be rescued by
police yesterday(2 Jan 2000) after she threatened to jump
from a Scarborough bridge.
Officers received a report that the woman in
her 40s was standing on Glen Bridge between Nothstead Manor
Drive and Manor Drive at 4:30pm threatening to kill herself
by throwing herself off.
The woman was detained at Scarborough police
station overnight for her own safety and is due to be seen
by a psychiatrist.
"We have been doing lots of dancing and
those who live in the village have been doing some
Mary Seager, Organiser of the Sundowners
millennium party, on how the Snainton Village Hall event was
There was a double highlight for one
customer at a Scarborough pub.
Avril Watson, of Gladstone Street, saw Danny
Wilde strut his way into the 21st century and also won a TV
in a raffle at the Lord Nelson.
Regulars and fans from as far away as
Walsall, Nottingham and Norfolk paid £20 a head for
Many donned fancy dress, including several
in Elvis costumes.
Danny said: "We had a great night, really
fantastic. People came in to see us from all over."
Landlady Sue Lerigo added: "All the seafront
was really busy and we did really well here.
"We even had one couple from Boston who were
celebrating their first wedding anniversary as well as the
millennium. They held their reception at the Lord Nelson
"We decided we wanted to do something
special for the millennium and what better way than
celebrating on your own estate with your own family and
friends in your own marquee"
Dr Paul Pickering, one of the committee
which organised the Lancaster Park Estate of Scalby
millennium celebrations, on why 150 of his neighbours
decided to party in a more traditional 'Millennium Dome'.
"We are celebrating the new century as
well as all those that have passed. As Christians we have
joy and confidence that God and Jesus will be with us in the
new century.........It is a joyous night for Christians. We
should remember this is our celebration."
Rev Bob Jackson, Vicker of Scarborough, on
what the year 2000 means to him.
"It was very Bracing. I went in and put
my head straight under the water"
Alan Deacon, A member of the Lions club, on
how it was for him after he took the 8th annual Scarborough
Lions New Year's Dip which raised £533 via collection
and a further £650 through sponsorship.
Major boost for resort
Scarborough is set to regain its title as
Britain's premier holiday resort.
More cash is to be spent on tourism projects
in Scarborough than anywhere else in the whole of Yorkshire
- including cities such as Leeds and resorts such as
Figures produced by the Yorkshire Tourist
Board show the Zenith scheme heads a list of projects
costing nearly £260m that are due to get under way in
the borough in the first few years of the millennium.
The facts and figures unveiled in the
tourist board's Tourism Development Monitor Report give a
strong indication of the interest developers and operators
have in the region and its various holiday
Seal of approval
Crowds gathered to watch a stranded seal pup
which was washed up Scarborough's harbourside.
The eight-week-old was discovered by
passers-by lying on the slipway opposite the Harbour Bar on
New Years eve.
Police were alerted and staff from the Sea
Life Centre were called to come and rescue the
The crowd of about 50 people gathered to
watch the animal which was checked over by Jule Ions, of the
Sea Life Centre.
She said: "It was basically a bit tired and
was having a rest.
"The rough weather has been taking its toll
recently and a lot of seal pups have been coming ashore
"This one seemed perfectly healthy. It had a
couple of cuts, but they weren't serious."
Once it had been checked over, right on cue
the animal made its way back home into the water.
Police Officers ushered another seal back
into the water after it was found on the road near The
Corner, in Scarborough's North Bay.
It was last seen swimming happily out to
Tributes have been paid to one of
Scarborough's best loved cafe owners who has died at the age
Betty Webster ran Betty's Cafe in Hoxton
Road for seven years with her husband Les before ill health
forced them to sell up.
She died on Monday(3 Jan 2000) at her home
in Overdale, Eastfield, after a heart attack.
Betty's Cafe was originally owned by
Scarborough woman Betty Salt and was taken over by the
Websters in 1991.
The couple, who have five children and 14
grandchildren, moved from Leeds 20 years ago and worked at
Reighton Sand Holiday Camp, near Filey.
Mrs Webster, the oldest of 16 children, had
previously worked in the kitchens at St James' Hospital,
Leeds, and at the town's Lewis's depatment store.
The Cafe became known for its friendly
Mr Webster said: "It was her personality
that built the place up - she was so well loved. People
would come in and tell her their troubles. It was like a
He thanked former customers who had sent
Andy Noble, who runs Andy Noble's
Motorcycles, Hoxton Road, said: "She was a great lady who
fed me a good number of years."
Mrs Webster leaves her mother Daisy, and
childrenTracey, Mark, Deborah, Andrew and Michelle.
Scarborough Starlights band held a minute's
silence in a tribute to supporter Mrs Webster last night (7
Jan 2000), and will lead the funeral cortege to Woodlands
Crematorium on Wednesday 12 Jan 2000 at 12:40pm.
Thieves stole an electric fencing unit,
valued at £200, from Hill Farm on the Burton Fleming to
TV Meal a steal
Intruders forced a kitchen window at the
Clifton Hotel in Queens Parade, Scarborough, and stole
property valued at almost £200.
Thieves made off with food from the kitchen
and a portable television from one of the bedrooms.
The Gambert Baines Crown Green Bowling
Tournament has been held in the town since 1919 when the
competition was started by Ernest Gambert Baines, a town
councillor who donated the trophy which is still played for
He is also known for giving Scarborough its
first motorised fire engine and the fountain near Spa
The tournament is organised by the Alexandra
Bowls Centre in Peasholm Road, Scarborough, and is played on
its two crown greens.
Qualifying rounds are held every Thursday
between Spring Bank Holiday and August Bank Holiday and the
tournament attracts competitors and spectators from all over
The winners from the qualifying rounds
appear in the final which is held in September.
Last year more than 1,000 people entered the
competition and the top prize was £800. There were 43
Anyone wanting further information should
contact Karen Fletcher on (01723) 353992.
"He's spectacularly good,......I've
waited 52 years for someone like that"
Michael Winner, the famous film maker and
food critic, on his oppinion of 33 year old Newby-born Chef
Jeremy Hollingsworth - head chef at Marco Pierre White's
Belvedere Restuarant in London's Holland Park.
A little info for those who couldn't quite
concieve in time to bring a child to the new year
The next ante-natal course for pregnant
women and their partners in the Scarborough area, is due to
start on Monday 24 January.
You must hurry and book early there are
places for only eight couples on the National Childbirth
Trust course, based in Sherburn. Tel (01944) 710343 and ask
for Helen Ashton.
"I wish it could be Chrstmas everyday" was
probably the sentiment shared by feathered friends at Forge
Valley's bird-feeding station on Christmas Day!
Tree branches and bird tables were bedecked
with a chicken carcass, dangling 'ribbons' of fat, nets of
suet or nuts and other delicacies, while bread and cake
crumbs spilled onto the ground along with broken biscuits
Even half a Christmas pud and a large rosey
apple had been provided. A kind gentleman liberally
scattered black sunflower seeds on each tray.
Treecreepers, Nuthatches, Chaffinches, a
variety of Tits including blue tits and great tits, Robins,
Blackbirds, Dunnocks, Woodpidgeons, Rock Doves and even some
Pheasants came to the festive feast for the feathered
community in need.
"Hopefully, people who come down here now
will see that we are not a bad side and a team who will be
there or there-abouts...........I would say to the fans that
are not coming 'give us a chance, come down, have a look,
you might be impressed by what you see.'"
Kevin Green, Scarborough FC Cheif
Excecutive, when asked about the drop in crowd attendance
since Scarborough FC fell into the Conference League.
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