Edi­tor’s Let­ter

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Dear Reader

There’s a dou­ble treat at the cul­tural quar­ter of Scar­bor­ough this week which de­serve an ex­tra men­tion be­cause the events re­flect a lot of work that goes un­seen and which seems not to have as much suc­cess as there ought be in terms of pub­lic at­ten­dance.

One is the mes­meris­ing hazy dance video that forms part of the tex­tile and draw­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, Joan Mur­ray With Great Plea­sure at Wood­end in the Cres­cent un­til Novem­ber 30. The other is next door at the art gallery – the new bronze bust of war poet Wil­fred Owen by artist An­thony Pad­gett. Owen had vis­ited Scar­bor­ough with his fam­ily as a boy, play­ing on both beaches, and his aunt ran a school in the town. The shell-shocked Owen later wrote po­ems while re­cov­er­ing at what is now the Clifton Ho­tel and thanks partly to the Sitwell fam­ily of Wood­end, his posthu­mously-pub­lished poetry now echoes through eter­nity. Dis­missed as a cow­ard by some of­fi­cers, he won the Mil­i­tary Cross. Ed Asquith, Edi­tor Twit­ter@Ed.Asquith

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