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Whitby and Scarborough mark 100 years since WW1 bombardments

Scarborough became the site of the first attack of the First World War on British soil on 16 December 1914 Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Tributes will be paid this morning to those killed on the North Yorkshire coastline in the First World War bombardments exactly 100 years ago.

Hundreds of shells rained down on Scarborough before German warships attacked Whitby in 1914. 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Lindy Rowley is from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.


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Remembering the Scarborough Lifeboat Disaster

The RNLI flag will be lowered at 3pm Credit: ITV News

A service will be held this afternoon to remember three Scarborough Lifeboat crew members who lost their lives exactly sixty years ago.

The vessel capsized near the harbour mouth, while escorting fishing boats to safety in terrible weather.

A commemoration will be held at 3pm at the lifeboat house.

Scarborough Lifeboathouse to be demolished

Scarborough RNLI is going afloat today to prepare for the demolition of the lifeboathouse.

The two lifeboats will be moored in the harbour while the lifeboathouse is demolished and a new one built.

Artists' impression of the new Scarborough lifeboathouse Credit: RNLI

Two temporary portacabins will be placed in a corner of the harbour for the crew to use as an office, changing rooms, etc.

Today's closure of the lifeboathouse coincides with the 60th anniversary of the capsize in 1954 of the lifeboat ECJR, near the harbour mouth while returning from service.

RNLI crewmembers from yesteryear Credit: RNLI

Coxswain Tom Clark and other RNLI personnel will mark the station closure with a short service beginning at 3pm to remember all those who have not returned to shore.

The lifeboat will launch for the final time from the lifeboathouse, which will soon be demolished and replaced. The crew will lay a wreath in the harbour mouth in memory of the three crew members who died in 1954: coxswain John Sheader, Francis Bayes and John Cammish.

A bagpiper will play a lament as one of the longest serving crew members, Peter Billingsley, lowers the RNLI flag. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Man killed in A64 crash

A 26-year-old man has been killed in a crash on the main road between York and Scarborough. The accident happened in the early hours of this morning on the A64 at Whitwell-on-the-Hill. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Three passengers were taken to York District Hospital by ambulance. It is believed the car was in the outside lane of the dual carriageway when it collided with the barrier in the central reservation and the vehicle overturned.


Seagulls to blame for Scarborough's south bay blue flag fail

Seagulls and their bacteria-laden droppings could have cost Scarborough's south bay beach its top rating for water cleanliness, according to environment officials.

Environment officials say Seagulls could be to blame for drop in water cleanliness Credit: Dusko Jaramaz/PIXSELL/Pixsell/Press Association Images

The bathing water at the beach failed to reach the very highest standards this summer and will miss out on a coveted blue flag. The Environment Agency says Yorkshire Water's sewerage works are not to blame - and it may instead be down to guano from the large number of seabirds. An investigation is now underway.

One beach in North Yorkshire, Staithes, near Whitby, failed to meet even the minimum pollution standard. The beach has the consistently worst pollution levels in the whole of England and Wales. Officials blame farm and livestock waste running into the village's stream which spills onto the beach.

Scarborough remembers WW1 bombing victims

Nine days before Christmas in 1914 was the major turning point in the Great War resulting in thousands signing up to fight.

That is because it was the first time the Germans had killed civillians on home soil. The seaside town of Scarborough was one target and 18 people were killed there.

Now a group of volunteers are trying to trace their relatives in time for a special centenary next month. Sarah Clark reports.

Scarborough Athletic unveil plans to return "home"

Football clubs playing outside their home town is not anything new - Rotherham spent 4 years playing in Sheffield at the Don Valley stadium recently, whereas Grimsby Town actually play their home games in Cleethorpes.

But how about having to travel 20 miles to watch your team play at home?

That is the situation facing fans of Scarborough Athletic, the club that was formed 7 years ago after Scarborough FC went bust. But as Chris Dawkes reports, plans are in place for a return home.

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