All information on this page culled from The Scarborough Evening News and TRADER w/e 8 Jan 2000


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First Y2K American tourist

Woman in 30ft death fall

Mavis OBE

Scarborough's First Born

Jump Threat Drama

Ante-2000

Featherd feast

Wilde Party

Major boost for resort

Seal of approval

Raised Cups

Rural Crime

TV Meal a steal

Ernest Bowling

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"I was dressed as the Virgin Mary......

"We have been doing lots of dancin....

"We decided we wanted to do something special......

"We are celebrating the new century as well......

"It was very Bracing.....

"He's spectacularly good,......

"Hopefully, people who come down here now will.....

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First Y2K American tourist

About 100 twitchers descended on Scarborough's North Bay after reported sightings of a rare ring-billed gull.

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 answerphone service.

"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.

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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 Day.

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 before midnight.

Anyone who saw Miss Grayston in the hour before midnight or earlier that evening is asked to call Bridlington Police on (01262) 402700.

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Mavis OBE

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 nominated.

"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.

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Scarborough's First Born

Mitilda Jane Adams, 6lb 9oz

Scarborough Hospital

12:09 New Years Day

 

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"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.

 

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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.

 

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"We have been doing lots of dancing and those who live in the village have been doing some drinking"

Mary Seager, Organiser of the Sundowners millennium party, on how the Snainton Village Hall event was going.

 

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Wilde Party

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 festive fun.

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 last year."

 

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"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'.

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"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.

 

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"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.

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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 Bridlington.

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 destinations.

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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 creature.

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 exhausted.

"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 sea.

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Raised Cups

Tributes have been paid to one of Scarborough's best loved cafe owners who has died at the age of 52.

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 atmosphere.

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 social club."

He thanked former customers who had sent their regards.

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.

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Rural Crime

Thieves stole an electric fencing unit, valued at £200, from Hill Farm on the Burton Fleming to Hunmanby Road.

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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.

 

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Ernest Bowling

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 today.

He is also known for giving Scarborough its first motorised fire engine and the fountain near Spa Bridge.

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 Yorkshire.

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 finalists.

Anyone wanting further information should contact Karen Fletcher on (01723) 353992.

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Quotes......

"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.

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Ante-2000

A little info for those who couldn't quite concieve in time to bring a child to the new year celebrations.......

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.

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Featherd feast

"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 and seeds.

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.

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Quotes......

"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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All information on this page culled from The Scarborough Evening News and TRADER w/e 8 Jan 2000