Snow at The Sparkle!

The Scarborough News - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Con­nolly paul.con­[email protected]­me­ Twit­ter: @PaulConJourno

L ast week­end’s Scar­bor­ough Sparkle event was a roar­ing suc­cess, with more than 26,500 peo­ple con­verg­ing on the Open Air The­atre be­tween Fri­day and Sun­day.

Trade at the 45 high qual­ity food and fes­tive gift stalls was brisk and fam­ily fun was in gen­er­ous sup­ply thanks to an ice rink, fair­ground rides, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, gi­ant il­lu­mi­nated Scar­bor­ough Sparkle fairies and Christ­mas char­ac­ters.

The free Scar­bor­ough Sparkle White Shore­line Sun­cruiser bus, which op­er­ated on Satur­day and Sun­day, meant that peo­ple from Scar­bor­ough’s out­ly­ing res­i­den­tial ar­eas and from the town cen­tre could leave their cars be­hind and en­joy ev­ery­thing Scar­bor­ough Sparkle had to of­fer.

Stu­art Clark, Scar­bor­ough Open Air The­atre Venue Man­ager, said: “We are ab­so­lutely de­lighted at how suc­cess­ful the week­end was.

“We al­ways knew we had planned a great event and pro­moted it well, but the turn-out, for an event in its in­au­gu­ral year, re­ally ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We have re­ceived some ex­cep­tional feed­back and even more great ideas for what else we could add to the event, which we’ll def­i­nitely bear in mind for next year.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the traders that pulled out all the stops to make their stalls look and smell fan­tas­tic, the many in­di­vid­u­als and groups that pro­vided first class en­ter­tain­ment through­out the week­end, The Scar­bor­ough News and other lo­cal me­dia out­lets for their pro­mo­tion and sup­port, the York­shire Coast Ra­dio team, our own events and mar­ket­ing teams and above all ev­ery sin­gle mem­ber of the pub­lic that came along; you re­ally did make Scar­bor­ough Sparkle a very spe­cial event.”

Such was the suc­cess of the event, the coun­cil is al­ready look­ing for peo­ple to get in­volved with next year’s event, and are ask­ing any­one in­ter­ested in hav­ing a trade stall or pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment at Scar­bor­ough Sparkle 2019 to email [email protected]­bor­ough.

North Bay Rail­way’s Santa Spe­cials got un­der way on Satur­day too, and will run ev­ery Fri­day evening, and dur­ing the day on Satur­days and Sun­days, with Christ­mas Eve also added to the dates.

The evening Santa Ex­press trains are run­ning on Fri­day 7, 14 and 21 De­cem­ber at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

The week­end trains will run at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. There will also be a Twi­light ser­vice at 4pm and 5pm, though places are lim­ited and must be booked in ad­vance.

While you can get a ticket at the North Bay Rail­way when you ar­rive, peo­ple are rec­om­mended to book in ad­vance for all ser­vices to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

Rolling up for the Santa Ex­press at North Bay Rail­way Lots of re­fresh­ments avail­able for the fes­tive crowds Mar­ket Hall and Vaults traders take a cheeky fes­tive ‘elfie’: Gill Arm­strong, Karon Wal­lis and Julie Hen­der­son

Rosie Boyes and Ben Robin­son have fun on the skat­ing rink

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