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Goths descend on Whitby for weekend of events
8:25am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
Goths from the UK and further afield have descended on Whitby for its bi-annual Goth Weekend, writes Michael Thurloway.
Billed as “a celebration of non-conformity, diversity and freedom of expression”, the event, which began yesterday and continues today, holds a regular place in the resort’s calendar.
It is held at the Spa Pavilion on West Cliff, though a number of fringe events across the town run alongside the official festivities.
The focal point of the weekend is the Bizarre Bazaar alternative market, with live music each evening, headlined by American music project William Control and German band Diary Of Dreams.
Whitby famously featured as the landing place of the title character in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.
This began the town’s association with Gothic culture, encouraging Jo Hampshire to select it for a meeting of 40 pen-pals in 1994.
The weekend grew from there, and has since become an institution in the town, held twice a year – in April and Hallowe’en – since 1997.
It is estimated that Goth visitors generate more than £1million in annual income for the seaside resort.
Festivities aren’t restricted to Goths, however, with people from all genres of alternative lifestyle, local residents and other tourists getting involved.
Sarah Steele, of Ebor Jetworks in Church Street, Whitby, said: “The event is excellent for bringing people to the town. It’s always good and creates a real buzz. The town is full to capacity.”
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