Words and photos by Dave Barry
Over 8,000 people are estimated to have watched Scarborough’s Christmas lights being turned on.
They filled Foreshore Road and other parts of the seafront to watch Emmerdale's longest serving actors flick the switch.
Mark Charnock and Dominic Brunt were interviewed by Paddy Billington of Yorkshire Coast Radio.
Cast members from the Stephen Joseph Theatre’s A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol and two pantos - Aladdin at the YMCA and Jack and the Beanstalk at the Spa - performed extracts.
None of the Christmas lights being turned on could be seen by the large crowd as they were all in the town centre.
Nevertheless, seafront traders and residents were asked to turn their lights off at 4.55pm to plunge Foreshore Road into darkness before the countdown began at 4.59pm. Many didn’t.
The switch-on ceremony used to be held in the town centre but was stopped over fears concerning crowd safety.
In lieu of Christmas lights, the assembled throng on the seafront was treated to a fireworks display paid for out of Cllr Janet Jefferson’s locality budget.
The event was organised by the Chamber of Trade, the Hospitality Association, South Bay Traders Association, Scarborough and North Yorkshire councils and local theatres.
Plans are being finalised for a weekend of Christmas entertainment in the town centre on 9 and 10 December. To take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org.