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The 16th December 2014 marks 100 years since the bombardment of Scarborough during World War One.

Hundreds of shells were fired from German warships in the North Sea off the Yorkshire coast.

18 people died in Scarborough. Parts of the town were left in ruins.

3 people also lost their lives in Whitby during the attack.

A series of events will see local groups and communities come together to commemorate the events of December 1914.





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Scarborough Castle was lit up during the ceremony and a flotilla of boats, organised by the RNLI and Scarborough Yacht Club, was stationed outside the harbour.



In commemoration of the centenary of the Bombardment they are opening the castle gates for everyone, free of charge


From 10am

Hourly guided World War One Tours

Castle, shop, exhibition rooms and the tea room are all open


From 3pm

Lighting up of the castle and choir singing by candlelight

There will be mulled wine & mince pies in the Inner Bailey accompanied by a local choir and watch the specialist lighting up of the castle with image and colour

4pm Last WW1 Guided tour

5pm Remembrance Speech by Mayor Cllr Pat Marsburg with the lighting of a single beacon light.



  • At 11.00am a church service will be held at St Mary’s Church, overlooking the south bay


  • At 1.30pm, the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery and guests, which will include 18 local school children, will lay a wreath on a newly constructed commemorative cairn at the cemetery where seventeen of the victims of the bombardment are buried, many in unmarked graves.


There are also events planned in Whitby


  • Whitby In Bloom are opening their Bombardment Garden on the West Cliff at 9am - it features a shell that hit the town.

  • There'll be a short blessing for the coastguard who died.

  • 11am Poetry and Mince Pies at Pannett Art Gallery - readers will read from their own poetry about what it would have been like living in Whitby during World War One.

  • The Armed Forces Working Party will be holding a candlelit vigil at the War Memorial on Dock End at 6.30pm.

  • The Air Cadets are holding a music night at St Hilda’s Church at 7.30pm - tickets cost £2.50 and are available at the town council offices.



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