Charities raise money and profiles at community fair

Words and photos by Dave Barry

A short, sharp cloudburst deluged the 15th annual Rotary fair in the town centre.

But it came towards the end and didn’t stop 28 charities and community groups raising their profiles and generating cash.

Some people wore fancy dress and the stalls were judged by the mayor, Cllr Martin Smith.

“The best-stall winner was the bright and colourful Age UK, closely followed by Macmillan, who had been knitting for about a year to kit out their stall”, said Jonathan Knight of the Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers.

The mayor presented a prize to the manager of Age UK’s Newborough shop, Christine Render, accompanied by club president Christopher Case, who is a licensed street trader.

“It was a great day, in spite of the weather”, Jonathan added. “The big challenge this year was applying for and getting a street trading licence from the council at a cost of £200.

“No fees were charged previously in the last 15 years”.

The charge was “totally inappropriate for such a charitable event and we have remonstrated accordingly”, Jonathan said.

The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery were “very pleased” with the £290 they made, “particularly as we were rained off mid-afternoon”, according to spokesperson Jan Cleary.

The RNLI raised about £120 at their stall, said Gladys Freeman, who chairs Scarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild.

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, known colloquially as the Hare Krishna movement or Hare Krishnas, performed at the centre of the community fair.

“Anything that helps Krishna consciousness is good for all of us”, a member said.