My coastal life - Janet Deacon, tourism manager for Scarborough Borough Council

PUBLISHED: 13:27 17 June 2013

Janet Deacon

Janet Deacon


Janet Deacon, tourism manager for Scarborough Borough Council

What brought you to the Yorkshire coast?

‘I’ve lived in Scarborough for just over 40 years now. My parents purchased a bed and breakfast property on the South Bay. In fact, my sister still runs one of the bed and breakfasts today. This gave me my first taste of working in the tourism industry which, so far, has been my career.’

What keeps you here?

‘I absolutely love everything about the whole area, especially the contrast and diversity of the coast and the countryside, both of which are on my doorstep to enjoy every day.

‘I love watching the surfers and sail boats out in the bays enjoying the water. There’s also so much going on with year round festivals and events and fabulous arts and culture.’

Do you have a favourite view?

‘I love the view from Oliver’s Mount overlooking the whole of Scarborough. Further afield, I love the amazing Abbey in Whitby and the Country Park that looks across the sweep of Filey bay.’

Where’s the best place to eat?

‘There are so many amazing places to eat it would be extremely difficult to pick one restaurant out over another. The choice is superb from English, French, Indian and Italian cuisine to fresh locally-caught seafood, you really are spoilt for choice.’

What’s the best thing about living on the coast?

‘The fresh, sea air; enjoying the dramatic changing seas; being able to walk along the seafronts; and enjoying one of the many floral parks or fishing villages all along the coast.

‘The only downside is that I can’t seem to find enough time to tell the whole world about how beautiful the resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Filey and the quaint sea fairing villages in-between are. But one thing is for sure, I will continue to work on it.’

Tell us a secret only locals about.

‘Smugglers used to use secret tunnels (some of which are still there) to transport their contraband into the towns and coastal villages so as not to be caught by the local constabulary.’

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