|Name of walk||Dalton Town Band Tour 2022|
|Date of walk||2022-08-05|
Dalton Town Band’s Tour of North Yorkshire, playing in Filey and Whitby and staying in Scarborough, with plenty of free time to see the sights. We were also blessed with great weather. Our coach set off from Dalton at 7.30am on Friday, we would be back on Sunday night.
After arriving at the bandstand we have lunch in the cafe below then head down to Filey Beach.
At 1.30pm we set up in the bandstand.
A lovely floral display.
Tenor horn, baritones and trombonists.
Mark, the conductor, chats to Caley and Anna.
We were also helped out on bass and tenor horn by Craig and Sarah from Ulverston Town Band. Plus we picked up Rob, a trombonist, at a cafe outside York.....as you do! Deborah would no longer be all alone on the back row.
View to the sea from my music stand.
Mark makes sure we are in tune. Matt was guest soprano cornet.
Brendan takes a couple of photos while we are playing.
I manage to get into shot in this one!
After the concert we pack up and set off for the Grand Hotel in Scarborough.
The architecture is impressive. Brendan going down the main staircase.
Cabaret Ballroom. We could have played here too!
Lounge at the top of the staircase.
Lounge next to the roof top terrace seating area.
One of the downsides of the hotel is the noise from nesting birds which are on every ledge. These are kittiwakes.
The birds think the hotel is a cliff.
I wouldn't want to be in those bedrooms! Thankfully our room looked inward.
View of the harbour from outside the hotel.
Naturally we had fish and chips for our evening meal. We then head off to explore. We started with the route up to the castle, which we would visit tomorrow. We would walk the promenade route around this headland tomorrow too.
We sheltered under the trees below the castle curtain wall as a rain cloud came over. Looking over to The Grand Hotel. Then we followed the path down to the harbour.
I look out for the Police Box. In the TARDIS Dalton Town Band could have an intergalactic Tour.
The sky is still black but the sunshine and lack of air movement makes for some good reflections.
View up to the castle curtain wall.
"Arrrrr!"......and that's just the Herring Gull speaking!
We have a walk on the beach.
Scarborough Lighthouse was built in 1806, the top part was rebuilt in 1931 after damage sustained by shells in 1914.
We walk south to the far side of the beach to see the Spa Sun Court.
The Proclaimers were playing in the Spa Theatre this evening.
We then head up through the gardens for the views back over South Bay at sunset. We pass the Clock Cafe.
We head further up to West St.. Great views!
Taken from the Spa Bridge.
We had a guest for breakfast. "Your sausage or your life?"
In the morning we headed off down Bar Street. Some of the band had a boat trip organised by Anna. It was a good day for it, not too choppy.
A Cat Cafe on Bar Street! Unfortunately they were fully booked for the day.
After some shopping we went back to see the view to North Beach, last night the sky was full of rain clouds.
Then we visited St. Mary's Church.
The grave of novelist Anne Bronte is here.
Then we walked up to the castle. The Barbican gate was built about 1300
A view over to North Beach.
The Great Tower is 12th Century.
View out to the Master Gunner's House and the headland, from the Great Tower.
View out from the Curtain Wall over Scarborough.
Panorama with both South and North Bay in shot. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.
Zooming in on the beach and our hotel.
Another view of the Great Tower.
Roman Signal Station (4th century) and Medieval Chapel walls (10-12 century).
Underground vault and water tank, 18th century.
We walk all the way around the headland.
Back at the curtain wall.
We now head down steps towards North Bay.
View back up to the Great Tower from the steps.
We head for North Beach and have a brief walk on the sands.
The Great Tower from North Beach.
We enter Peasholm Park which opened in 1912.
View from the bridge.
Looking up to the pagoda and waterfall. I remember seeing the park on one of the landscape painting TV programmes this year, and thought it would be an interesting place to visit.
They reconstruct Naval Battles here, there is one on this afternoon, but we have other places to go.
On the island I take a walk up to the Pagoda Gardens.
Then we have an ice cream in the cafe.
We walk back to the hotel via the long promenade that goes all around the bottom of the headland. The birds on the cliff above have obviously mistaken it for The Grand Hotel!
Back at the harbour.
Back in the town we find a Turkish place to eat and relax. We have walked over 11 miles today.
We take the Funicular, which dates from 1880, down to sea level and go and watch some of the other Dalton Town Band members, and friends, perform in the Bowling Alley. Most amusing, but the music is deafening so we only stay for half an hour. We head back to the beach.
Another nice sunset.
We head back to the hotel, meeting up with band members in the bar, then I head up to our room not wanting to miss the first 'Match of the Day' of the new season.
A small boy at breakfast named the Herring Gull Gerald, and proclaims him his best friend. Awww!
View of the Grand Hotel from the Spa Bridge. The hotel was basic, but okay, we got what we paid for, so I have no complaints. We then set off for Whitby.
We arrive at the bandstand in Whitby and head off towards the abbey. We stayed here in November so have visited everything recently. Metal sculptures and view to the church.
We head over the swing bridge and up the 199 steps to the church.
View back to the harbour.
Whitby Abbey. It was a 7th-century Christian monastery that later became a Benedictine abbey.
St. Mary's Church.
We head back down the steps and meet other band members on their way up.
The Bombardment Garden.
The Bombardment Garden comprises a bomb damaged 1914 era house that stands as a reminder of the bombardment of the town during World war One. Note the bomb by the fire and the cat on the window ledge.
Super view down onto the bandstand and across to the church and abbey.
The Whalebone Arch.
View to the West Pier Lighthouse, built in 1831 and 84ft high.
We walk to the far end.
After a coffee we head back to the bandstand
We begin to set up.
Jean and Sheana, fellow back row cornets.
Derek warms up his baritone.
Louis and Harry with all their percussion.
Sam's cufflink of his bass.
Far too hot for jackets.
Everyone gets their music into order. Sam warms up his bass.
Back row cornets. Matt on Soprano, Simon and Ethan on Repiano, Jean and Sheana on 2nd. I would be on my own on 3rd cornet, playing notes so far below the stave that I attract the attention of passing whales!
Front row cornets and flugelhorn.
James warms up his euphonium.
Edward, Margaret and Alan get ready for the concert.
The back row girls.
View from my music stand.
Brendan took this while we were waiting for 2pm.
Mark gets us started promptly at 2pm. We play for an hour. Brendan is in charge of money collection. The crowd seemed to like us and were quite generous. Some gave fivers, including a former cornet played who had lost his teeth. Brendan spoke to a brass teacher from Basingstoke who was impressed that we had so many youngsters playing in the band.
Brendan takes the band's group photo.
After the concert we went to the Fisherman's Wife, where we were for Brendan's 70th birthday in November. It has a great view of the outer harbour.
This can't be Gerald!
Everyone in front of the coach before we returned home. (Mark Latimer)
An excellent long weekend in great company! Thanks to Mark, Anna and Sheana for the organisation, activities and money sorting, and to the extra band members who covered our absentees.