It was agreed by SBC Cabinet that this question over the Seafest event would go to Scrutiny to be reviewed. Tom Fox stated that the Council did not fund the event but provided facilities. I suggested that closing the West Pier car park of 400-500 spaces, say 2000 visitors, along with the parking fee lost revenue was detrimental to the local economy. Was Scarborough to become a 'Drive By' visitor destination? But this was not open for debate.
SN later reported and misquoted my comments on the event, but not put online, though it seems Yorkshire Coast Radio (96.2fm) have a grasp of the situation:
Scarborough Festival Boosted by Grant
10:26am 30th May 2014
The 16th annual Scarborough Seafest is celebrating getting an Arts Council England grant.
The three-day festival, from 25 to 27 July, has landed a grant of £11,150, which will be used to improve the quality of the festival overall, and to introduce extra street theatre, music and food events.
Highlights of the 2014 event will be co-ordinated by Scarborough’s arts and cultural development agency, Create, and will include street theatre from Circo Rum Ba Ba, the Institute of Crazy Dancing, Whitby-based Jean and Morag, and Scarborough-based Animated Objects; music from the Paradise Steel Band, the Men of Staithes Choir, and Scarborough’s Fun Key Choir.
There will be food demos in the Seafood Kitchen from top chefs including MasterChef finalist Tom Rennolds, representing Raithwaite Hall at Sandsend, Great British Menu regular Stephanie Moon, Rob Green (Green’s of Whitby), and Scarborough chefs Rob Porter (The Green Room), Rob Clark (Yorkshire Coast College), Dan Hargreaves (The Copper Horse), Ryan Sperry (East Ayton Lodge), Martin Hyde (Eat Me Café), as well as ‘The Demo Chef’ Phil Leverington cooking on behalf of Seafest sponsor Maldon Salt.
There will also be a real ale tent, a gospel breakfast with DJ Tooley, morris dancing, stalls from local organisations, a grand fireworks display, and for the children, sea-themed workshops and story-telling sessions. As ever, the event will also include a blessing of the boats at the Seafest Sunday service.
Councillor David Chance, Scarborough Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Culture, said: “Seafest has become a Scarborough institution and we are pleased to be able to work closely with private sector partners, and funders and are delighted that the event now funds itself.”
Janet Deacon, North Yorkshire Area Director for Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Seafest is a flagship event for Scarborough during the summer season. We’re delighted that this year’s event will be boosted by Arts Council England and that they have recognised its importance to the Borough.”
Councillor Janet Jefferson, Chair of the Seafest steering group,said: “The Seafest festival was created in 1999 to celebrate and bring an awareness of the sea and all it has provided to our community and tourism generally, with an emphasis on cooking, music and exhibitions. As a group we are very proud and grateful to the many sponsors and the support of dedicated members and volunteers, who in turn have made this annual event sustainable.
“We hope people enjoy the many new and exciting events during this year’s three-day programme".
I guess it depends on the interpretation of the world 'sustainable'.
Time to get the web-cam up as a priority! 'Endurance' comes to Scarbados? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEOz7gaFfmU
wakey wakey ;-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6D9vAItORgE