Family in appeal over resting place

A family are appealing for help in trying to find the answers around one of their relatives.

Mystery surrounds the resting place of Thomas Afred Fox, whose older brother Will Catlin was the driving force behind the Kurasaal, now the Playhouse Whitley Bay.

Tom settled in Whitley Bay, marrying a local girl named Margaret in 1909, but he died in 1923 aged 39 in Scarborough while working for his brother as a concert party producer.

However, Tom’s family are unable to find any burial record for either Scarborough or Whitley Bay and believe he may be buried beneath the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough, as it was owned by Will and there is a concrete slab there with a request that it is not to be disturbed.

Will’s great granddaughter Jane Smith said: “We are anxious to make contact with any of Tom’s descendants that may still be living in Whitley Bay and may be able to help us ascertain where Tom Fox was buried. Scarborough Borough Council are planning to demolish the Futurist before the end of the month – this demolition would include the concrete slab. We are trying to persuade SBC to lift the slab and excavate underneath before the site is demolished – we need to know where Tom Fox was buried.”

Anyone who can help should email Jane at