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It’s ‘Play Bach Time’


There’s no space this month to talk about my fundraising recital on Saturday afternoon, November 5th, but there are very positive and encouraging efforts being made to help. I owe huge thanks to many people for their kindness and enthusiasm and practical assistance. November 5th looks like being quite a day to remember in the history of Talk of the Town. This magazine will survive, thanks to the creative and generous spirit of this town’s people. See the article by Mike Sellars on page 15 calling for the setting up of ‘Friends of Talk of the Town’ and a meeting on 10th November.


Ian Tyas Letter to the Editor


Following your article in the last issue of the magazine, I am sure there are very many readers like me who understand the financial difficulties you face, who would be very upset to lose our mag, and who would be willing to chip in a tiny amount each month to keep it alive - also to appreciate harsh economic realities and be grateful for the excellent free ride we’ve had so far! I have heard there are plans afoot to organize a


‘Friends of Talk of the Town’ set-up to facilitate such an arrangement - may I be among the first to sign up, and if I ask my fellow Saltburnians to join me I am sure my request will not fall on deaf ears - our town is that way inclined. Best wishes - so many people are grateful for your


hard and successful work. Richard Firth


Smokeless Boulby Flyer The late September heatwave caued a “ m a j o r disappointment” to 350 railway buffs when the Boulby Flyer special w a s c h a n g e d from being steam- hauled to diesel. P h i l i p


Thomson, who jointly organised the trip with


ex-Network Rail manager Steve Shields, of Saltburn, pictured here, said most of the passengers were upset at the change, but they enjoyed the unique views along the six-mile trip from Saltburn. “Network Rail withdrew - at two days’ notice - the


permission because of a fire risk, and most passengers accepted this. It was outside our control,” said Mr Thomson. He said he had publicised the change in loco but not


everyone knew of it. Numbers travelling from York were a just over 100 - lower than expected - but the Saltburn-Boulby trip was full. Joint organiser Mr Shields, of Saltburn, is a retired Network Rail area manager. Mr Thomson said they spent nearly a year organising the


trip, which was the first on the line for 25 years when Saltburn marked its 125th anniversary. The outing was part of the town’s 150th anniversary


celebrations, but was financed by Mr Thomson, who wore full morning dress and top hat for the occasion. See other article on page 17.


20 Yarn Bomber strikes again


The ‘Yarn Bomber’ has struck again in Saltburn, this time outside the library. On Friday, 7th October staff locked up as usual, but overnight a 6ft long woollen ‘scarf’ with five books knitted on to it had appeared on the railing outside the door. The item is the latest in a series of woollen scarves


to appear mysteriously in public places in the town. A note on the back says they are to mark the town’s 150th birthday this year and they are signed ‘Yarn Junki.’ They are part of a world-wide campaign by knitting


enthusiasts to place knitted garments in public places. All are anonymous, but go under the title of Yarn Bomber. Library staff have remarked on the clever play on


words in the title of books knitted on the railing. Instead of The Secret Garden one is called The Secret Cardigan. Another, instead of Ripping Yarns is called A Ribbing Yarn. Staff find that most library users appreciate the fun item. Rumours abound about the identify of Saltburn’s Yarn Junki. Other scarves - all with different designs - are on


lamp-posts in Station Street and outside the supermarket. Three knitted teddy bears can be seen having a tea party on the Marine Parade picnic area.


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