One of the things that I’ve always heard Sam speaking about from his childhood and finally had the chance to experience was “Naval Warfare” at Peasholm Park. In the lake, naval battles are staged with smallish 21 foot recreation naval ships, U-boats and merchant vessels. What’s most surprising is that all these boats are manned! You watch them blowing each other up, catching fire and bombarding each other and you think they are remote controlled and then at the end all the boats do an acknowledgement lap around the lake and the tops come off the boats and the captain inside waves. I was shocked! I was convinced they were remote controlled.
It’s become a Scarborough legacy. This has been going on 3 times a week during the summer for the past 80 years. The shows are only 30 minutes long, but that’s still an impressive history. After WWII, the boats staged and recreated the Battle of the River Plate.
Its catch phrase is “The smallest manned navy in the world” and it certainly is!
Tickets are £4 for adults £2.20 for children.