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Scarborough artist hosts cliff-top dinner party

The doomed bungalow
The bungalow was worth 150,000 two years ago

An artist has hosted a dinner party in a bungalow that is in danger of falling over a cliff to highlight issues like climate change.

Kane Cunningham invited 12 guests - including former cabinet minister Clare Short - to "The Last Supper" in his house at Knipe Point near Scarborough.

Three nearby homes have already been demolished because of a landslip.

Mr Cunningham said: "The house is only feet away from the edge of a cliff and so could collapse at any moment."

The 48-year-old fine art lecturer bought the property last year for £3,000 to use as an art installation which he said symbolised "lost dreams, financial disaster and threatening sea levels".

Risks known

He said guests at The Last Supper had been invited "to discuss the big issues which have emerged over the last decade, including the environment, the global economy, the credit crunch and the recession".

Kane Cunningham
Mr Cunningham said the house could fall at any moment

They include Ms Short, the former international development secretary, writer and former vicar GP Taylor and fisherman Fred Normandale, president of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations.

"All the guests know the risks but are still prepared to join me at the house to discuss issues they all feel are important," he said.

"It shows they are all prepared to go to the edge, literally."

Ms Short, the MP for Birmingham, Ladywood, said: "He got in touch with me out of the blue and said there's this house on the edge of a cliff and I want to have a dinner party and I just thought well, it sounds very dramatic and I do think we need to be more respectful of nature, which is part of the point, isn't it?

"I can do my advice bureau in the morning, hop on the train in Birmingham, get up to Scarborough, so, I said yes I'm off on an adventure."


The owner of a house on a Scarborough cliff edge has hosted a special dinner as a farewell gesture to the property.

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