Filey https://www.filey.co.uk makes you smiley Mon, 17 Jan 2022 19:22:48 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.22 Bridlington station’s historic tiled map restored. Is it Filey’s turn next? https://www.filey.co.uk/bridlington-stations-historic-tiled-map-restored-fileys-turn-next/ https://www.filey.co.uk/bridlington-stations-historic-tiled-map-restored-fileys-turn-next/#respond Mon, 17 Jan 2022 17:22:15 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1491 tiled map being unveiled Another of the iconic tiled North Eastern Railway maps has been returned to the Yorkshire Coast line. Scarborough and Beverley have original tiled maps, Hunmanby has a replica and now Bridlington has a partially restored original that was unveiled today at a short ceremony. During a partial demolition of Bridlington station in 1987, the beautiful NER […]

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Another of the iconic tiled North Eastern Railway maps has been returned to the Yorkshire Coast line. Scarborough and Beverley have original tiled maps, Hunmanby has a replica and now Bridlington has a partially restored original that was unveiled today at a short ceremony.

During a partial demolition of Bridlington station in 1987, the beautiful NER tiled map was smashed up by contractors. The remains of the map was stored at Hull Paragon station, where more parts went missing. A collector eventually purchased what was left of the map, but, as regards Bridlington, it seemed that the map, installed on the station in 1900, had been lost for good. However, volunteers from the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership managed to track down surviving fragments of the tiled map.

fragments of the tiled map

Fragments of the tiled map rediscovered by YCCRP volunteers

The group funded a partial restoration and local craftsman John Edmond was given the job of reimagining the map. In a short ceremony, Bridlington’s deputy Mayor Councillor Mike Heslop-Mullins, unveiling the restored and relocated map on Bridlington station.

Bridlington’s partially restored tiled map

Twenty-five of the busier stations on the North Eastern Railway boasted these beautiful tiled maps, depicting the network of the North Eastern Railway. Sadly, the vast majority have been lost, but nine survivors can be viewed at Beverley, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Saltburn, Scarborough, Tynemouth, York and Whitby. Last August Hunmanby station had a replica tiled map installed on its platform. Should Filey station become the next home to one of these replica maps? The opening of Buffers Cafe, allied to the existing, and highly useful, taxi office has given Filey station a new lease of life. Perhaps a tiled map could be the next step? Surely, our community can raise the £4,000, or so, required to have one installed?

Hunmanby’s replica NER tiled map

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Summer 2022 Bandstand Concert Programme https://www.filey.co.uk/summer-2022-bandstand-concert-programme/ https://www.filey.co.uk/summer-2022-bandstand-concert-programme/#respond Sun, 16 Jan 2022 16:20:12 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1490 Filey bandstand Diaries at the ready! Yes, the summer programme of bandstand concerts on the Crescent Gardens has been announced. Long sunny afternoons reclining in a deckchair, listening to the band on the Crescent Gardens. It seems almost a dream during the long dark days of January. But, the Town Council have released the dates and here they […]

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Diaries at the ready! Yes, the summer programme of bandstand concerts on the Crescent Gardens has been announced.

Long sunny afternoons reclining in a deckchair, listening to the band on the Crescent Gardens. It seems almost a dream during the long dark days of January. But, the Town Council have released the dates and here they are:

June

19th Clifton & Lightcliffe Band

26th Swinton & District Excelsior Band

July

3rd Driffield Silver Band

10th Scarborough Concert Band

17th Easingwold Town Band

24th Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band

31st Warrington West Concert Band

August

7th Hunmanby Silver Band

14th Simply Brass

21st Malton White Star Band

28th Stape Silver Band

September

4th Honley Silver Band

11th West Yorkshire Brass

In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held in Filey Methodist Church.

Filey Methodist Church

Filey Methodist Church

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A Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Lunch on The Crescent Gardens? https://www.filey.co.uk/queens-platinum-jubilee-lunch-crescent-gardens/ https://www.filey.co.uk/queens-platinum-jubilee-lunch-crescent-gardens/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2022 11:19:54 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1485 Sunny winter morning on The Crescent A beautiful sunny January morning on The Crescent, thoughts begin to turn towards warmer days and events on the gardens for 2022. It might seem a long way off, but the dates of the hugely popular food festivals held on The Crescent Gardens have been announced. They are as follows: April 16th, 17th June 18th, […]

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A beautiful sunny January morning on The Crescent, thoughts begin to turn towards warmer days and events on the gardens for 2022.

January on The Crescent

Sunny January morning on The Crescent

It might seem a long way off, but the dates of the hugely popular food festivals held on The Crescent Gardens have been announced. They are as follows:

April 16th, 17th
June 18th, 19th
August 13th, 14th
October 15th, 16th
November 19th, 20th

Of course, 2022 marks Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. After a difficult 2021 for all of our country, which of course included the death of Prince Phillip, a national celebration might just be what we need. A Big Jubilee Lunch is being held across Britain and the Commonwealth on Sunday 5th June. Filey Town Council have decided not to hold an official event, but are supportive of community events.

We think that a garden party on The Crescent Gardens would be a perfect way to mark the Platinum Jubilee. Is there a more perfect location? The summer series of concerts have yet to be announced for the bandstand, perhaps that could be a central element of a Crescent Garden Party?

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The Royal Crescent Court basks in the winter sun

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The Phantom Chocheter Strikes Again https://www.filey.co.uk/phantom-knitter-strikes/ https://www.filey.co.uk/phantom-knitter-strikes/#respond Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:02:45 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1482 knitted hat on the Filey post box Filey’s mystery crocheter has produced another seasonal cracker for the post box. As the twelfth day of Christmas came and went, under cover of dark, the festive knitted extravaganza that had surmounted the post box disappeared, to be replaced by a winter themed number. We are a little worried about the Robin. The corner is a favourite […]

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Filey’s mystery crocheter has produced another seasonal cracker for the post box. As the twelfth day of Christmas came and went, under cover of dark, the festive knitted extravaganza that had surmounted the post box disappeared, to be replaced by a winter themed number.

The winter themed hat on the Post Box

We are a little worried about the Robin. The corner is a favourite hang-out for the local seagulls. There is seemingly always a gull standing on top of a parked car staring intently into CJ’s chip shop. Will they see the robin as a threat to their turf? Will the Filey Woollen Banksy regret incorporating a robin into the post box hat? Only time will tell.

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Could Filey Have Become a Major Naval Base? https://www.filey.co.uk/filey-become-major-naval-base/ https://www.filey.co.uk/filey-become-major-naval-base/#respond Mon, 03 Jan 2022 09:06:25 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1478 During the early years of the twentieth century Britain was locked into a naval arms race with Germany. Technological advances had led to the creation of the Dreadnought Battleship, a ship whose combination of power, protection and speed rendered all previous battleships useless. In the years leading up to the outbreak of the Great War, […]

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During the early years of the twentieth century Britain was locked into a naval arms race with Germany. Technological advances had led to the creation of the Dreadnought Battleship, a ship whose combination of power, protection and speed rendered all previous battleships useless.

In the years leading up to the outbreak of the Great War, the shipyards of Britain and Germany attempted to outbuild one another. Whilst this was going on, it was becoming clear that these new ships required bases on the North Sea coast. The existing bases at Plymouth and Portsmouth had been developed when France and Spain were the navy’s main protagonists, with Germany’s growing strength, the navy needed a base on the east coast. Several locations were examined and, as the Yorkshire coast is among the closest in relation to the great German naval base at Wilhelmshaven, a serious study was undertaken to establish a naval base in Yorkshire.

The man who would lead the plans to develop a North Sea naval base, the German-born Prince Louis Battenburg, was no stranger to Filey. He had, along with his family, holidayed for a month at 36 The Crescent in 1900. A couple of years later Louis returned, this time as the Navy’s Chief of Intelligence. Twice he spent over a month in Filey, everyday he would be afloat in the bay in a hired coble, with charts spread on his knees, testing the set and strength of the currents and general run of the tides. The reports he wrote were subject of lengthy discussions at the Admiralty. To aid those discussions, Vice-Admiral Mostyn Field, the Navy’s Chief Hydrographer, took cross bearings of Filey Bay.

However, in 1903 the Admiralty decided that Rosyth near Edinburgh would be the location of the Royal Navy’s main North Sea base. Its location on the north bank of the Firth of Forth offered easy access into the deep waters of the Forth and onwards to the North Sea. There was also adequate room for a vast, and easily defended, anchorage for the battle fleet.

The fleet anchorage in the Firth of Forth, with the famous railway bridge framing elements of the Grand Fleet

In 1912, Filey’s champion, Prince Louis Battenburg became First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy. With war approaching, he ordered an acceleration of building work at Rosyth. However, it was clear that the base would not be ready to accommodate the Grand Fleet and thus Scapa Flow in the Orkney’s became the navy’s war station.

By the end of the Great War the Grand Fleet had moved from Scapa Flow and was based at Rosyth. It was there that the German High Sea’s Fleet sailed to surrender in 1918. Some seventy German ships were met in the North Sea by nearly two hundred ships of the Royal Navy and her allies. It was the greatest concentration of naval power the world has ever seen. The German’s were escorted into the Firth of Forth and the official surrender took place on the fleet flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The flagship of the Grand Fleet, HMS Queen Elizabeth

What a sight it must have been as those huge armadas anchored in the Firth of Forth. Here’s a thought, had a different set of conclusions been arrived at when Louis Battenburg bobbed around Filey in a hired coble, it could have been the waters of Filey Bay that would have witnessed the surrender of the German High Sea’s Fleet and the greatest concentration of battleships in one place, in one day, ever seen in history.

Despite Louis Battenburg’s long service, and his marriage into the British Royal Family, anti-German feeling, fuelled by a vitriolic campaign by sections of the British press, forced his resignation from the navy in late 1914. He also changed the family name to the British sounding Mountbatten.

Thankfully, by the time of the death of Louis Battenburg, now Mountbatten, in 1921 a grateful nation had bestowed him with a lengthy list of titles: Admiral of the Fleet Louis Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, GCB, GCVO, KCMG, PC.

Prince Louis Battenberg, later Mountbatten

His four children who holidayed with him at Filey in 1900 also left their mark on history.

The eldest daughter was Princess Alice of Battenberg. She would marry into the Greek Royal Family and became the mother of Prince Phillip and therefore would be the mother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II.

The second daughter was Lady Louise Alexandra Marie Irene Mountbatten. During the Great War she served in a Red Cross hospital in France and in peacetime worked to improve conditions for slum children in London. She was to become Queen of Sweden as the wife of King Gustaf VI Adolf.

The first son, George, served in the Royal Navy for virtually his entire life, ending his career as Captain George Mountbatten, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven, GCVO. He married the beautiful Countess Nadejda de Torby, a member of the Russian Imperial family and great-granddaughter of the poet Aleksandr Pushkin. Nadejda became embroiled in allegations of an affair with her friend Gloria Vanderbilt (upon whom the character of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was supposedly based upon).

The youngest of the family was Louis. Destined to become Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma. In a stellar career Louis was, Supreme Allied Commander, South East Asia Command (1943–1946), the last Viceroy of India (1947) and the first governor-general of independent India (1947–1948). He later became First Sea Lord, Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman of NATO. He was murdered by the IRA by a bomb planted on his boat in County Sligo in 1979.

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Happy New Year! https://www.filey.co.uk/happy-new-year/ https://www.filey.co.uk/happy-new-year/#respond Sat, 01 Jan 2022 15:47:54 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1476 A happy new year to all our readers, from an unseasonably warm Filey. The town has been thronged with visitors over the last few days and last night there were some fabulous New Year’s celebrations. None more so than at the White Lodge Hotel, where the filey.co.uk editorial team enjoyed fine dining and dancing into […]

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A happy new year to all our readers, from an unseasonably warm Filey. The town has been thronged with visitors over the last few days and last night there were some fabulous New Year’s celebrations. None more so than at the White Lodge Hotel, where the filey.co.uk editorial team enjoyed fine dining and dancing into the little hours.

The weather has hardly been seasonal, with just a couple of frosts to remind us that we are supposedly in the deep midwinter. Misty mornings and temperatures in double figures, has made it feel more autumnal than anything.

Misty morning on Crescent Hill

The New Year of 2022 will see the hugely popular Filey Food Festival begin its run of events over the Easter Weekend; the much-delayed Filey Literature Festival will finally make its bow in May; and the well-established Folk Festival will pack the pubs of the town over the bank holiday weekend at the start of May.

There will be much more, from the Americana Weekend, the Trackrod Rally and, of course, the celebrations in June of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. It will be a year to savour.

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Volunteers Celebrate Green Flag Award to Crescent and Glen Gardens https://www.filey.co.uk/volunteers-celebrate-green-flag-award-crescent-glen-gardens/ https://www.filey.co.uk/volunteers-celebrate-green-flag-award-crescent-glen-gardens/#comments Thu, 16 Dec 2021 14:17:25 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1472 Volunteers behind the Friends of Filey’s Parks are celebrating a prestigious Green Flag award for the Crescent and Glen Gardens for 2021/22. The beautiful gardens are maintained by Scarborough Borough Council and the volunteers. The green flag has been awarded many times to Filey, but during these difficult times, the award is all the more special. […]

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Volunteers behind the Friends of Filey’s Parks are celebrating a prestigious Green Flag award for the Crescent and Glen Gardens for 2021/22. The beautiful gardens are maintained by Scarborough Borough Council and the volunteers. The green flag has been awarded many times to Filey, but during these difficult times, the award is all the more special.

The award is overseen by the charity Keep Britain Tidy. The award was began in 1997, an era when many of Britain’s historic gardens and parks were suffering from decades of neglect and under-investment. The intention of the award was to inspire and establish standards of good management, to help to justify funding and to bring people back into the parks.

Undoubtedly, it worked. As the Standard became established, other green spaces began to apply for the Award, and now Green Flags fly over parks, cemeteries and crematoria, recreation grounds, canals, reservoirs, educational campuses, hospital grounds, housing estates, nature reserves and allotments. There is no limit on the size of the site; they currently range from less than one hectare to thousands of hectares. Since 2008 the Green Flag award has become an international standard and now reaches places as diverse as America, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand and the UAE.

The purpose and aims of the Green Flag is:

To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live.
To ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the communities that they serve.
To establish standards of good management.
To promote and share good practice amongst the green space sector.
To recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers.

The award to Filey describes that gardens thus:

‘Glen and Crescent Gardens is a unique and varied park, of around 14 hectares, situated in a stunning location on the North Yorkshire coast at Filey, in the Borough of Scarborough. The park comprises a great variety of landscapes and benefits from spectacular coastal views. It includes formal gardens with colourful seasonal bedding displays, shrub beds and rockeries, a bandstand and numerous pleasant seating and picnic areas. There are also areas for more active recreation such as children’s play area and open amenity grass for informal ball games as well as a miniature golf course. Other facilities on offer include two cafes, a boating pool, pitch and putt and a go-cart track. Those seeking peace and quiet or wishing to enjoy the local flora and fauna are also well catered for with a wooded valley and further areas of mature woodland.

‘Glen and Crescent Gardens benefits enormously from the support of a strong and active Friends group, and enjoys excellent links with a great many local community organisations. The Friends of Filey Parks hold regular meetings and workdays to assist the park maintenance team as well as to carry out specific projects such as tree, shrub and bulb planting, bird box making and litter picking. There is also a programme of events held in the park throughout the year, especially in the summer season. The park is well loved by residents of Filey and the surrounding area as well as many thousands of visitors every year.’

At the seaside formal gardens have been an essential part of a resort from the middle part of the nineteenth century. Many developed from private gardens belonging to hotels, or an entire street as at Filey, into a floral display of municipal pride. Everything from floral clocks to town crests appeared in a blaze of colour. The merging of councils and cuts to local government funding has caused many gardens to become a shadow of their former selves. But, thankfully not at Filey. The volunteers and gardeners of Scarborough Borough Council should be applauded for the efforts that keep the Crescent and Glen Gardens spick and span throughout the year for visitors and locals alike.

The 2021/22 Green Flag flying proudly over the Crescent Gardens

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Filey in Top Ten of Coastal Property Hotpots https://www.filey.co.uk/filey-property-boom/ https://www.filey.co.uk/filey-property-boom/#respond Sun, 05 Dec 2021 16:31:45 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1469 One of the many consequences of the pandemic was a boom at the British seaside, travel restrictions made international travel all but impossible, which forced many to rediscover attractions closer to home. Filey has been, by common consent, as busy as it ever has been within living memory. The renewed popularity of the town has […]

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One of the many consequences of the pandemic was a boom at the British seaside, travel restrictions made international travel all but impossible, which forced many to rediscover attractions closer to home. Filey has been, by common consent, as busy as it ever has been within living memory. The renewed popularity of the town has brought with it a property boom, with Filey being one of the top ten hotspots at the British seaside.

A survey by Rightmove found that asking prices in the town had risen by 13% during 2020, making Filey the seventh largest increase on the British coast.

The number of buyers living in cities enquiring about coastal homes has increased by 115%. This huge rise in demand means properties are being snapped up quickly. In 2019, it was taking an average seventy-one days to find a buyer for a home in a seaside location. Now, sales are happening within fifty-one days.

More buyers now consider the coast as realistic option to move to, says Rightmove property expert Tim Bannister. “This is driven by multiple factors that we’ve seen this year – such as demand for space, and the ability to work from home.

“However, all of this does mean that in some of the coastal locations that have seen more buyers from other locations, there is added competition as people search for their next home. After a year where coastal locations really captured the imagination of British buyers, it’s interesting to reflect on how the overall picture looks.”

Here are the top ten with the average asking price in 2021 and the percentage increase compared with 2020:

1. Padstow, Cornwall, £658,588, 20%
2. Whitby, North Yorkshire, £254,218, 17%
3. St Ives, Cornwall, £473,161, 15%
4. Porthcawl, South Glamorgan, £307,051, 14%
5. Newquay, Cornwall, £317,846, 13%
6. Pwllheli, Gwynedd, £222,607, 13%
7. Filey, North Yorkshire, £214,617, 13%
8. Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, £173,612, 13%
9. Brixham, Devon, £299,127, 12%
10. Preston, Paignton, Devon, £303,684, 12%

New apartments being developed on Brooklands

Of course, in a small seaside town like Filey a property boom is a double-edged sword. The strong demand for holiday lets and second homes has inflated prices, great news for those selling properties, but not so good for those looking for their first home or seeking to move to a larger property. This trend is further compounded by the long-established retirement market.

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Storm Arwen Hammers Filey https://www.filey.co.uk/storm-arwen-hammers-filey/ https://www.filey.co.uk/storm-arwen-hammers-filey/#respond Sun, 28 Nov 2021 15:38:39 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1465 It has been a wild couple of days as Storm Arwen brought near 100mph winds in off the North Sea. The promenade was battered by heavy seas. Several trees were uprooted, roofs damaged and at the allotments a number of greenhouses were wrecked. The train service was suspended until mid-afternoon on Saturday and one unlucky motorist on West Avenue found her […]

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It has been a wild couple of days as Storm Arwen brought near 100mph winds in off the North Sea. The promenade was battered by heavy seas. Several trees were uprooted, roofs damaged and at the allotments a number of greenhouses were wrecked. The train service was suspended until mid-afternoon on Saturday and one unlucky motorist on West Avenue found her car crushed beneath a tree. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident.

The aftermath of Storm Arwen on West Avenue

By Sunday the worst was over and Filey awoke to a covering of snow. Further up the coast, a concert by The Jam at Scarborough Spa had to be cancelled due to waves overtopping the sea defences. At Whitby around one hundred homes were flooded by a storm surge and the mast on the replica of Captain Cook’s Endeavour was snapped by the gale. In County Durham a caravan park had to be evacuated after vans were turned over and ripped apart by the storm.

A snowy Sunday morning at Filey.

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Festive Filey https://www.filey.co.uk/christmas-is-coming/ https://www.filey.co.uk/christmas-is-coming/#respond Tue, 23 Nov 2021 15:52:16 +0000 https://www.filey.co.uk/?p=1463 The phantom knitter of Filey has produced another classic ‘hat’ for the post box. With autumn turning to winter, workmen beginning to erect the town’s Christmas lights and the Fishtive Tree unveiling coming ever nearer, even the meanest of Scrooge’s has to finally give into the festive spirit. The post box has been wearing various knitted ‘hats’ ever […]

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The phantom knitter of Filey has produced another classic ‘hat’ for the post box. With autumn turning to winter, workmen beginning to erect the town’s Christmas lights and the Fishtive Tree unveiling coming ever nearer, even the meanest of Scrooge’s has to finally give into the festive spirit.

A seasonal ‘hat’ on the post box

The post box has been wearing various knitted ‘hats’ ever since the pandemic. The identity of knitter is a mystery and the hats appear under the cover of darkness. The ‘yarnbombing’ of post boxes is apparently a national craze. Filey has been treated to Halloween, Easter and a seaside summer scene amongst others. It brings a little joy and colour to the town centre and was particularly welcome during the various lockdowns. An enterprising soul has placed a collection box for the Filey Lifeboat beneath the post box.

So what else is happening in Filey in the run up to Christmas? On 3 December The Star is hosting ‘Snow on the Wolds’ an evening of winter songs and specially commissioned poetry from two of North Yorkshire’s most talented artists. Tickets are selling fast, but they are now available online by following this link.

Several local groups are holding Christmas events: the Southdene Bowling Club’s Christmas Fair is at the Evron Centre between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 4th December. The £1 admission includes refreshments. The Filey Lions are hosting a ‘Trolley Dash‘ on Sunday 5th December. The winner gets a two minute trolley dash around Filey Tesco. Unfortunately, the alcohol section is at the far end of the supermarket … Tickets are on sale in the entrance to the store during the week 29th November to 4th December. On Saturday 11th December the Filey Rotary Club is holding a Christmas Grotto at the Evron Centre between 10am and 1pm.

Perhaps THE highlight of this time of the year is the lighting up of the Fishtive Tree at 6pm on 4 December. It has become a much-loved part of Festive Filey. Unmissable and, as they say nowadays, ‘it is so instagrammable’.

Filey Fishtive Tree

Filey’s Fishtive Tree

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