|The Saltburn Seaside Extravaganza - Sunday 10th July 2011|
Organiser Glenn Pearson, of the Seaview Restaurant, which opened near the pier last year, expects 80 veteran cars and an air event to attract several thousand people on Sunday July 10.
"The Saltburn Seaside Extravaganza will help the town to celebrate its 150th birthday. Attractions will include the cars and air show plus stalls all along the prom. The vehicles will include a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car in a static display," he said.
"Stalls will range from those selling locally-made cup cakes and traditional candy to a Victorian-style barbecue with wild boar and vension.
"Traditional games like coconut shies and hoop-la will be available and Marske Brass Band will play. Actors from Saltburn's 53 Drama group will mix and mingle with crowds. There will be face-painting, balloon-making and trade stalls. The event, which will be free of charge, will run from 10am-4.30pm."
Mr Pearson, 41, a family man himself, is aiming the day at families. He is forming a committee to help to run the event and others in the future.
"It would be good for the atmosphere if a lot of people will come dessed up in Victorian clothes. A local Victorian group will be there to lead the way. And a man will be dressed up as Henry Pease, founder of Saltburn. I hope Saltburn's town crier Sharon Wilson will come."
Mr Pearson said Redcar and Cleveland Council was cooperating along with support from the Saltburn 150 group, which is coordinating events. He appealed for townsfolk to be tolerant of visitors parking their cars in the town. The car park immediately next to the pier will be closed for parking as vintage cars will be displayed there, but the Cat Nab car park would remain available.
"This event should benefit Saltburn. Henry Pease's vision created it in 1861 and it's now well on the way to becoming a popular tourist resort."
Details of the extravangaza can be found here.
Footnote: The event is separate from the annual Saltburn Hill Climb vintage car rally, which will be held on Sunday September 18.