Sunday, May 01, 2011

A Right Royal Do - and rain doesn't stop play!

After early showers, the sun shone for Saltburn's royal garden party at the town's cricket club last Friday (Apr 29).

Sharon Wilson, Saltburn's newly annointed town crier alerts the 400strong crowd to the raffle draw.
"I burst into tears at 10 o'clock when it started to rain an hour before we were starting," said organiser Kerry Paterson.
Alan Wiley of Saltburn Victorian Footballers and organiser Kerry Patterson wave as the under-fives fancy dress competition is judged.
"But then it stopped and people started to come along. Some 400, mostly families, attended during the four hours of the event. It was brilliant."

Kerry, of Irvin Avenue, Saltburn, who has a 10-year-old son, thanked all who had helped. They included Saltburn Victorian Footballers and Friends, the Scouts and Beavers, members of Saltburn 150 group, which is coordinatig events for this year's town birthday celebrations, and sponsors. They included Sainsburys and Sainsbury's Local, and Coop Esso garage, and local businesses, which gave raffle prizes, plus individuals.
Raffle time at the party as Lorna Atkinson and daughter Shona fold up tickets.
 Lorna Atkinson, of Brotton, who went with 11-year-old daughter Shona, a member of Saltburn Scouts, said it was a "really special" day for the children to remember. Lorna said she had had a motif put on to her hand by the face-painter.

David Baines, of the Ee By Drum drummers' group, which performed, said: "The party went extremely well after starting quietly because of the early rain."

The event was held to mark the royal wedding, centenary of Saltburn Scouts and the town's 150th anniversary. A dozen stalls were manned by local firms, organisations and entertainers like a bouncy castle and bucking bronco.

Mike Morrisey

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