Universal suffrage stall wins top prize

The centenary of women getting the vote was celebrated by the best-dressed stand at the 20th annual community fair, in the centre of Scarborough.

Volunteers from Derwent Valley Bridge Community Library in West Ayton wore period clothing and held placards proclaiming Votes for Women, Deeds not Words and Stop Force Feeding.

They were selling books and home-made produce including honey, made and donated by library volunteer Alan Walker, chutney and jam.

Donations were accepted but it was more about raising awareness than funds.

The 24 stalls were judged by the mayor and mayoress, Joe and Margaret Plant, who awarded the £50 first prize to the library.

Second place went to Newby & Scalby Library and third place to Art Therapy Yorkshire.

The fair was organised by the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers.

Club president Tony Stevens said: "The weather was kind to us and all the stallholders I spoke to had a great time”.

“It’s always a real treat on the day to see what each organisation does to attract visitors to their stalls, from terrific tombolas to creative crafts, with the odd surprise item, like magnificent marmalades to tempt customers to spend their money,” he added.

The event, known as Local Aid when it started in 1999, enables local charity and community groups to generate cash and awareness.

The charities and organisations which had stalls at the fair were Yorkshire Dog Rescue, Art Therapy Yorkshire, the Lions, Newby and Scalby Library, Derwent Valley Bridge Library, Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery, the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers, the Parish of Cayton and Eastfield, Oxfam, Mind, the Institute of Advance Motorists, Macmillan Cancer Support, Friends of Martin House, the British Legion, the Mayoress’s Community Fund, the Fair Trade Group, Age UK, Operation Christmas Child, the Rainbow Centre, Cliff Top Kennels re-homing centre, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Operation Christmas Child, Bradley House and the Ladies Lifeboat Guild.