The visitors’ costumes may have changed down the decades and today’s shopfronts may be a little more brash than in the genteel world of the Edwardian era, but Scarborough’s charm remains undiminished.

Scarborough rose to popularity in an era long before foreign holidays became popular and, while the resort may have been eclipsed by the lure of overseas sunshine in recent decades, the visitors have been flooding back for ‘staycation’ holidays.

Visitors of yesteryear would still recognise much of what Scarborough has to offer today, though inevitably the march of time has altered the landscape.

But what they would experience is perhaps not so different, the prospect of a refreshing break from their normal lives in an unforgettable location.

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