Optimists of 1938
The issue of holding Concerts on Sundays appeared before Redcar Council this year, and again in 1939. The following paragraphs illustrate that it was a matter which divided opinion:
Cleveland Standard Aug 13th 1938:
An item in the minutes stated that an application from Mr. Billy Scarrow to hold Sunday night concerts on the beach was not to be entertained. Councillor Dobson moved that the word “not” should be deleted.
They, as a Corporation, he contended, were indulging in Sunday training and were also running Sunday night concerts in the New Pavilion. He knew there were specific terms with regard to the beach contracts and tenders but there was nothing to stop them being broken if both parties were agreed.
Two years ago similar concerts had been held subject to official approval of the programme. He submitted that this should be done again. His motion was seconded by Councillor Gillingham. He said he had been consistent about the matter throughout the whole discussion. He submitted that all sites on the sands should be permitted to indulge in Sunday trading or none at all.
They knew by their own return that the seasonal risk this year had been a great one, and these people were very definitely out of pocket on it. Thousands of people visited the town on Sundays who did not come through the week and as a progressive resort he claimed they ought to allow entertainments to take place on Sundays.
Councillor Fletcher, as chairman of the Sands and Entertainments Committee, said that he did not intend to be drawn into a discussion on the subject as to the rights and wrongs of the case. Definite conditions had been laid down and they had no right to depart from them. If they did depart from those conditions they quite deserved the criticism of the unsuccessful tenderers for the year.
On being put to the vote, Councillor Dobson’s motion was lost.
Sunday Concerts 1939
Billy Scarrow again applied to the Council to hold concerts on Sunday. The cutting below is from the Cleveland Standard of June 10th 1939, where a very similar discussion to the previous year took place:
From the Cleveland Standard a month later, Aug 05 1939: