By Dave Barry
On one of the hottest October weekends in Scarborough’s history, most visitors were flocking to the beaches or sitting outdoors, drinking coffee or beer.
Not the Archbishop of York, who packed a lot in when he popped across for a ‘mission weekend’.
Dr John Sentamu talked about the Christian faith at schools; had breakfast with civic and business leaders at Saint Catherine’s; watched the Pearl of Africa choir perform at the Market Hall; had a cup of tea at the Solid Rock café; called in at the Newcastle Packet pub; and attended a barn dance at St Mary’s Parish House.
The barn dance, featuring the band Grassroots and a pie-and-pea supper, was in aid of the Rainbow Centre, which helps the homeless and families and individuals in crisis.
The Market Hall was busier than ever when the archbishop visited, not least because Coast and Vale Community Action was staging its Social Saturday event at the same time.
After watching the choir, the archbishop climbed the stairs to view the new mezzanine floor and the various traders who have now filled every retail unit.
He was shown around Seafood Social by founder Laura Whittle, marketing and sales director of Whitby Seafoods.
At the Newcastle Packet, the archbishop had half a pint of Guinness and a plateful of food from a sumptuous seafood buffet. He met many people including Dave Horsley, Pete Billingsley and Kev Roberts of Scarborough RNLI.
During the same weekend, the archbishop gave a talk at All Saints Church in Hunmanby; attended a service celebrating the 120th anniversary of St Thomas’s Church in Gristhorpe; and visited Scarborough Fair at the Flower of May holiday park near Lebberston, for a day of worship.
At the same time, the Archdeacon of the East Riding, Rev Andy Broom, visited Ebor Academy in Filey and the Bishop of Hull, Rt Rev Alison White, went on a prayer walk in Filey and visited St Mary’s Church in Scarborough for a wedding blessing.