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28th October 2010.'Victorian Gothic at Whitby Abbey.'Pictured  Whitby Abbey illuminated at night for the Gothic Weekend in Whitby.'PICTURE GERARD BINKS

28th October 2010.'Victorian Gothic at Whitby Abbey.'Pictured Whitby Abbey illuminated at night for the Gothic Weekend in Whitby.'PICTURE GERARD BINKS

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Dear Reader

There used to be a publication called the Whitby Spy. It was published about 30 times in the late 18th century and it was mainly an academic, literary review.

But this week we have brought back the name in a more light-hearted context with our ‘spy’ taking specific images of parts of buildings and landmarks that will test your knowledge, mainly of the town centre. Even those of us who have known the town for many years and know a lot about it, might be flumoxed!

But the idea also got me thinking about the Scoresby’s crows’ nest statue that was put up in the mid 1990s near the tourist information centre, and later collapsed in bad weather. I know not everyone liked it but it rightly paid tribute to the two Scoresbys, father and son, who can lay claim to being among the most extra-ordinary characters of the town.

They were navigators and Arctic explorers, the elder, who died in 1829, being the inventor of the “crows’ nest” which was adopted by every fishing fleet in the world. He was also a great whaler and once brought back a polar bear that he had tamed. He also installed a water pump for public use. Should there be a new statue for the Scoresbys?

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