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Seamer, East Yorkshire - a place to head for

PUBLISHED: 15:07 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:07 20 February 2013

Seamer residents have big plans for their village green including an annual fair, new play equipment and - fingers crossed - a maypole

Seamer residents have big plans for their village green including an annual fair, new play equipment and - fingers crossed - a maypole

Jo Haywood visits the East coast hamlet of Seamer where residents are reclaiming their village green

Seamer was once a place people passed through at speed on their way to somewhere else. It was pretty and hospitable but no one noticed its charms in their mad rush to Scarborough and Whitby to the north and Filey and Bridlington to the south.

Sitting slightly in-land just south of Scarborough, this traditional village was finally bypassed by the A64 about 20 years ago, leaving it in relative peace.

'We were always on the way somewhere else,'
said Helen Mallory, chair of the parish council (she also runs her own business and is head of the school governors and a borough councillor in her 'spare' time). 'Now we're a destination in our own right.

But that doesn't mean we can rest on our laurels.'

The community came together last month for its first village fair on the green, which sits at the centre of Main Street alongside Proudfoot's supermarket. It was an opportunity for everyone - schoolchildren, business owners, landlords and social groups - to come together for fun in the sun.

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