Places and articles of interest
Some interesting things about Scarborough Spa Town.
More to follow.
The ITV series A is for Acid was filmed on location in Scarborough. It recounted the true story of the serial killer John George Haigh who was brilliantly portrayed by Martin Clunes. Scarborough was the perfect backdrop for the 1940's setting with the Crown Hotel on the Esplanade used as the replica for the Onslow Court Hotel, Kensington that became Haigh's base. He murdered his victims after masquerading as the good samaritan, then destroyed the bodies by placing them in a container of sulphuric acid. In 1949 he was found guilty of mass murder and hanged at Wandsworth Prison by chief executioner Albert Pierrepoint.
The hugely successful ITV series The Royal is filmed using Scarborough as it's location for the majority of the outdoor scenes.
Red Court, the lovely old building opposite the clock tower and mini golf on the Esplande is used as the St. Aidens Royal Free Hospital, the "star" of the show. It has to be pointed out that Red Court is in real life a residential block of flats and not a hospital!
Anyone who has watched the series cannot fail to be impressed by the beautiful scenery which accompanies the story lines and will not be surprised to hear that it has attracted visitors from all corners of the globe.
One of the most famous families of all who have strong connections with the town of Scarborough are the Laughton's who, over the years, have owned various establishments including hotels. They also produced a very famous actor, the inimitable Charles who starred in many classic films the most famous of which is probably the Hunch Back of Notre Dame. The bells, the bells!
Jimmy Savile OBE, that famous cigar smoking DJ from Leeds has had a long association with Scarborough. He can often be seen walking around the town and taking advantage of the cliff walks and admiring the various magnificent sea and coastal views. He has a flat here on the Esplanade and spends much of his time here. Visitors cannot help but notice the dedicated seats dotted around the area, and Jimmy is the only person living that has a seat dedicated to himself!
Fortunately for the town, Jimmy has business connections with the fabulous liner Queen Mary II and as a consequence arranged for the ship to pay the town a "visit" during one of it's voyages.
We hear that he has persuaded the company to make a repeat visit some time this year, so fingers crossed.
Is Scarborough the surfing capital of the North?
Over the past few years Scarborough surfing scene has attracted a huge following of fans of the surf. A recent survey listed Cayton Bay, a few miles south of the town, as the second best in the country for great surfing conditions. The south bay here also provides some wonderful surfing and attracts surfers from far and wide. An amazing sight on a freezing day in the middle of winter is about 50 or 60 little black bodies bobbing up and down on colourful surfboards! As a consequence we now have our very own Surf Shop which is conveniently situated in the parade of shops down at the Spa. Well run by a group of friendly fellow surfers it provides all a surfer could wish for. We understand that surf lessons and equipment hire is also available.
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The hugely successful film "Little Voice" was filmed on location in Scarborough and starred Michael Caine, Jane Horrockes, Brenda Blethyn and Ewan MacGregor. The story centred around a rundown terrace house in the town which was inhabited by an overbearing sluttish mother and her downtrodden introverted daughter who, to the astonishment of her mother, possesses a rare talent for imitating the voices of all the classic singers such as Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey and Marilyn Monroe.
Location areas covered a holiday camp just outside the town, the Foreshore, Esplanade, old town and a terrace street in town.
Anne Bronte, who wrote the famous Agnes Grey, was one of the famous Bronte sisters and is buried here in Scarborough. Although she did not live here she fell in love with the resort during her time spent as governess to a family by the name of Robinson. From 1840 to 1844 the Robinson family would spend five weeks every year during the summer staying at an exclusive hotel situated on the site of what is now The Grand Hotel.
The three sisters, Anne, Emily and Charlotte, dreamed of opening a school here in the town, but sadly this was never to be.
Anne was only 29 years of age when she became ill with consumption, and realizing she was close to death, persuaded her sister Charlotte and a friend to accompany her on a final visit to her beloved Scarborough. She became so weak and ill that it was impossible for her to return home and sadly died in the hotel. However, she was able to spend her final day looking out to sea and witnessing what she described as the most spectacular sunset she had ever seen.
She was buried in the grounds of St. Marys church up in the old town and as a point of interest the headstone mistakenly states that she was 28 years of age when she was in fact 29.
The Museum to follow
The South Bay swimming pool as gone, see pictures from the menu page.
Where does the beach go? see pictures from the menu page.
You will not have seen pictures of Scarborough like these