Speaking up for Filey in campaign launch

A view of Filey Bay and sands, as seen from Filey Country Park  Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112662a'30/06/11
A view of Filey Bay and sands, as seen from Filey Country Park Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112662a'30/06/11

This week the Mercury is launching a campaign to fly the flag for Filey, after a string of setbacks hit the town over the summer.

The ‘We Love Filey’ campaign is designed to help show residents’ support for Filey, following a summer which has been described by traders as the worst in over three decades.

A number of shops have closed down in the past year, including long-standing institution Carline’s, and Filey was also stripped of the iconic Blue Flag award.

A Facebook page has been set up for the townspeople to support the campaign, and Twitter users are being encouraged to use the hashtag #WeLoveFiley

You can also write, email or tweet us with your expressions of support for Filey.

Already backing the campaign is the Deputy Filey Town Mayor, Cllr John Shackleton.

He said: “We all love Filey. It’s a fantastic place to live. The Filey In Bloom team do an unbelievable job with the gardens and it’s just fantastic to look at. It’s old fashioned, unique and has an eclectic mix of shops - and that’s what makes it so great.”

He believes more should be done to back traders, calling for more money from Scarborough Council to help give the town a much-needed boost.

Recently, the Fight 4 Filey group has been established to help try and secure more funding for the town, as well as more control over how it’s spent.

Adrian Colling is a butcher in the town and a “Filey lad, born and bred”.

He believes that rather than focus on the negatives in the town, residents need to pull together and celebrate what Filey has, and what makes the town so unique.

He has been heavily involved with both the recent Filey Fishing Festival, and the upcoming Filey Food Festival.

He believes that these are events that need to be promoted to help Filey get back on its feet, saying:“I think the festival is something that people really need to support. It shows off the good things in Filey. I was born in Filey, I learnt to fish in the Brigg and it’s a great place to raise your family.”

Please visit the campaign Facebook page at www.facebook.com/welovefiley