Sunday, March 06, 2011
150 Reasons to Party
A large-scale party is planned for Saltburn to mark the royal wedding on bank holiday Friday April 29.
Volunteers attending a meeting (Feb 23) of the Saltburn 150 group, who are coordinating events to mark the town's 150th birthday, gave a unanimous vote for the idea.
Mum-of-one Kerry Patterson, 33, undertook to investigate the idea, which she got because of three events - the April wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Saltburn's 150th anniversary and this year being the centenary of the 1st Saltburn Scouts.
"I vividly remember in 1981 when I was four the fun at street parties held to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana," she said.
"I'm sure Saltburn people - from children to pensioners - would love to have something similar. It would lift the economic gloom."
The venue has been fixed for Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, on April 29 from 11am to 2pm. Attractions booked so far include a bouncy castle and face-painting.
Kerry, who is leader of Saltburn Beavers, a group of 25 boys and girls aged six to eight, said: "I'm encouraged by the support from other groups at the 150 meeting and over the past few days."
Councillor Philip Thomson, who chairs the every-three-weeks150 group meetings, said he and other community leaders were keen to help to progress the party idea. It has been given the title 150 Reasons to Party.
Kerry can be contacted on 07505-112714.
Other 150 events planned include a pier photo exhibition from March 11 to April 25, a race night at Saltburn Cricket Club on March 19, an illustrated "heritage" lecture at the community theatre on the history of Saltburn on April 12 and an Easter bonnet competition on April 23.
A town crier is being recruited with auditions on Saturday March 19 at 12 noon at the station portico, Salturn.
A flurry of activities is planned for July and August. They include a vintage car rally and air show, a town photograph and model railway exhibition. Several theatre and film events are also to be held.
The group coordinating events will meet at the community hall on Wedneday March 16 at 7pm. All welcome.
Further information: 01287-624997.