Stars come out for showpiece venue

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Tourism chiefs have announced three big-name musical acts for one of Yorkshire’s showpiece venues after a council was forced to step in at the final hour when operators failed to announce its summer programme.

American singing legend Dionne Warwick, pop sensation Olly Murs and boy band stars JLS will be bringing their full arena stage shows to Scarborough’s £3.5m Open Air Theatre and tickets are set to go on sale on March 12.

Dionne Warwick, whose songs include Say A Little Prayer and Walk on By, will be first up on June 6, followed by Olly Murs on July 15 and JLS on August 18.

More big acts are also being lined up by Scarborough Council which is working to salvage the coming season at the venue in the absence of an announcement from operator Apollo Leisure. Paul Gregg, chairman of Apollo, has said the company’s programme is ready but that it will not be made public until mid-March.

The council’s leader, Tom Fox, said the authority had worked “tremendously hard” to secure the acts. “Scarborough people, as well as the hundreds of thousands who visit the resort every summer, deserve to be able see acts of this calibre on their doorstep,” he said.