At the end of the harbour in South Bay is a small funfair. Small is an understatement - it's tiny. One time though when I was 7 or so, I went on the Big Wheel with my mam. The wheel seemd as though it leaned out over the sea (I'm sure now that it didn't) and I couldn't swim, and the fear of ending up in the sea was too great for me. I screamed and screamed until the guy stopped the wheel and let us off it. Well, I would be embarrsed about that now, but as a 7 year old I didn't care ;-))
Yorkshire Coast Day Ranger
This ticket allows visitors to explore the Yorkshire coast at a reduced price. Available on the Arriva bus service to Whitby and the whole of the Scarborough to Hull line the cost is for one days unlimited travel £15, reduction with a railcard £9.90, child £7.50, family £30. (2010 prices)
Scalby village - a walk in the area
Scalby village lies to the north of the town and here are details of a walk you can make mainly on high banks that climb in part to 400 feet but there are good views of the castle , moors and sea. It is not suitable for disabled people and is quite challenging.
It will take 3 hours and is 6 miles long.
From St Lawrences church walk 100 yards to the green and turn left on the road marked Scarborough. Before the bridge take the signposted route on your right and follow this track for 2 miles. Near the farm yard gates turn right uphill on the grass track. Near the wood take the path to the left between the fields up to the wood following the marker posts. Take the sunken path through the wood before joining the filed edge path and then skirt the house/garden by keeping to the way marked path on the right. On entering the drive turn right and at the left bend take the track on your right to the stone stile. Follow the grassy track to the gate in the right hand corner of the field and turn left to field head. At the stile go forwards for 100 yards before crossing right at the fingerpost. Cross the grass to the stile and continue downhill at an angle. Pass between the two houses and left onto the private road. Turn right to the main road and back in to Scalby.
Look out for a wide range of seabirds and occasionally red kites and yellow hammers.
Filming The Royal
The Royal is one of my favourite television shows. For those who do not know it The Royal is a fictional hospital in the fictional town of Elsonbey in Yorkshire. The weekly series is comedy drama and features stories each week on the staff and patients.
Interior filming is done in Bradford but the exterior shots are a block of flats on Holbeck Road in Scarborough that become The Royal whenever outdoor scenes are needed. Occasionally Scarborough is used for some scenes as well but as the series is set in the late 1960s finding suitable venues must be difficult.
Quite by chance we found the Yorkshire TV people filming part of an episode to be shown late in 2007 one morning in August 2007 as we passed. I was surprised how close I could get to the actors and I even got a stare from the director as my camera clicked during a shoot. The photo shows the production team and one of the actors.
Add - this episode was shown on the UKs ITV network on July 20th, 2008 - nearly a year after it was filmed.
Here is the one scene we saw filmed under way. Two sound men and two cameras recorded the action.
"An actual scene"
This will be a scene in a forthcoming episode and you are seeing it here on VT many months before it will be screened. The story line is that receptionist Lizzie comes running out of the hospital to look for her boss Mr Carnegie when she finds a hippy sat on the wall. Well it is supposed to be 1967!
"Lizzie runs to see the rushes"
It took three attempts to get the scene right and as soon as the producer agreed the scene was finished the actress who plays Lizzie ran to the mixing desk to see the rushes.
"Taking a break"
Lizzie and a nurse who must be new to the next series take a break between filming.
Kenny used to be a male nurse but was demoted a few series back to be an ambulance driver for an indiscretion with a female nurse. The ambulance he drives is a real 1960s ambulance - just air and gas in the back and a wooden bed. No fast action paramedics in fully equipped ambulances as in 2007 back in 1967 although as Kenny shows - they had a nice uniform.