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Tourism in Scarborough up as national figures fall

More than £500 million was spent by tourists in Scarborough last year according to figures released today.

Tourism in Scarborough up as national figures fall Credit: Nick Fletcher

The Great Britain Tourism Survey found that while visitor numbers and average spend fell nationally, they were higher in Scarborough than in 2013, which the borough council says it is delighted with.

In the area, the number of overseas visitors increased and the amount spent by those tourists rose by 13 per cent.

Nationally, domestic overnight trips fell by 9 per cent.

Increase in domestic overnight trips
Increase in domestic trip spend

We’re obviously delighted with these results and they reflect the positive conversations we’ve had with local tourism businesses in the last 12 months about trade being buoyant in all parts of the borough.

– Cllr Andrew Backhouse, Scarborough Borough Council

Did famous Hull aviator visit Scarborough?

Amy Johnson visits Scarborough? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

A Scarborough coffee shop owner is investigating whether famous Hull aviator Amy Johnson made a flying visit to Scarborough in the 1930s. Jack Siddons, co-owner of the Greensmith and Thackwray coffee shop, was given an old black and white photo by a descendent of the original owners of the shop, back when it was called 'Indian Colonial Outfitters'.

It shows a woman who appears to be wearing a flying helmet in the centre of crowds near Greensmith and Thackwray.

The famous aviator? Credit: Greensmith and Thackwray

"Janet told us that she believes the woman is Amy Johnson, and judging by other pictures we’ve found online, it certainly looks like her.

But we can find no reference to her ever visiting Scarborough, although it looks as though she really drew the crowds! We’d love to know for certain if it is her and, if so, when and why she was here.”

– Jack Siddons, Greensmith and Thackwray

Hull-born Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a pioneering English aviator who set many long-distance records during the 1930s. Her death has been the subject of much speculation, but the most likely explanation is that she bailed out as her aircraft crashed into the Thames Estuary after, it’s believed, running out of fuel. Her body was never recovered.


£14 million scheme to protect Scarborough cliffs gains council backing

A £14 million scheme to protect Scarborough’s South Cliff – and the iconic Spa – from the sea won the backing of North Yorkshire County Council.

Members of the Council’s Executive agreed to commit £1.2 million from the reserves to covering any financial risk associated with the project.

A large section of the roof and main building at the Holbeck Hall Hotel in Scarborough falls down in 1993 Credit: Press Association

The scheme is aimed at stabilising the cliff on which the Spa, along with homes, hotels and businesses, stand. Although the scheme has been costed at £10.3m, a further £4.3m is required to cover any extra amounts necessitated by the need for any further work which may become apparent during the course of the operation.

“Over the years we have seen many incidents in which the boulder clay that makes up much of the North Yorkshire coastline has been compromised and become unstable, sometimes with disastrous consequences, such as the destruction of Holbeck Hall Hotel in 1993,” said County Councillor Carl Les, the Council’s Leader.

The massive landslip on the cliffs at Scarborough which left The Holbeck Hall Hotel only feet from the edge of the cliffs in 1993 Credit: Press Association

“Huge advances have been made in monitoring and understanding the way our coastline is affected by storms and by the day to day impact of our climate, which has led to significant investment in locations all along the North Yorkshire coast so that residents remain safe and property is protected wherever possible.

“Securing the safety of The South Cliff is a priority and the County Council is glad to be able to play a part in this vital project.”

The scheme has secured a £10.3m contribution from central Government, through the Environment Agency.

Two men arrested following reports of a man with a gun

Two men, aged 35 and 32 have been arrested after an incident involving armed police in Scarborough.

Officers closed Dean Road at around 1.30pm and cleared pedestrians away from the area after reports that a man had entered a block of flats carrying a gun.

The road has now been reopened and police would like to thank the public for their patience during the incident.


Veterans given free trips to Normandy

This weekend sees the anniversary of the D-Day landings – the 6th of June 1944, a turning point in the Second World War.

Every year, groups of veterans head to Normandy to visit the places where they fought and to remember those who lost their lives. Now, veterans across Yorkshire are being offered free trips, as part of a scheme funded by the huge Libor bank fines. A former serviceman from Scarborough’s just been taken on one of the trips, along with a number of other veterans. They were joined by our reporter Lauren Hall.

Mental health charity saved with hours to spare

A metal health charity in North Yorkshire has been saved from closure, with less than 24-hours to spare.

A metal health charity in North Yorkshire has been saved from closure, with less than 24-hours to spare.

Scarborough, Whityby and Ryedale Mind was on the verge of closure, but donations from the public helped raise £20,000 to keep it running.

Children's author GP Taylor supported the campaign to save the charity.

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