Excuse me ... where does Dracula live?

Swing Bridge 100 year celebrations'A young performer in clothes that would have been worn when the bridge forst opened.'w093301y           08/08/09
Swing Bridge 100 year celebrations'A young performer in clothes that would have been worn when the bridge forst opened.'w093301y 08/08/09
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What happens to people when they arrive in Whitby? I know people travel a long way to get here, and I know that they love Whitby because it’s all old and weird and stuff, but why does this make them all drive and walk like complete mouth breathers?

What happens to people when they arrive in Whitby? I know people travel a long way to get here, and I know that they love Whitby because it’s all old and weird and stuff, but why does this make them all drive and walk like complete mouth breathers?

I love tourists. They come here and spend money - they keep us open, but every now and then, when I’m trying to get from A to B, the Krypton Factor-esqe obstacle course that is the swing bridge really tries my patience. Constantly swerving, dodging traffic and performing emergency stops when someone in front notices a real boat in the harbour ... it takes all my energy not to grab hold of someone and just shake them out of my way.

And that is just walking!

Many mornings are spent arguing with people who want my private parking space, and then when I try to storm off in the car, I have to queue for 20 minutes just to get out of the car park. I can still feel them staring. I have thought about setting up theme park-style gates at Four Lane Ends so we can stop and teach people how to behave once in Whitby, with the added bonus of being able to turn a few of them away.

People do treat the town like a theme park. I was once grabbed by a random woman who simply roared ‘Where are the toilets?,’ like I was some town information employee.

I just pretended to be French and pointed in the opposite direction. I have also been asked the best way to get to Dracula’s castle; what time does the beach close; and my personal favourite ‘How do you get to the sea?’.

But we do love you tourists really!Just every now and then please walk on the left, don’t form a human clothesline walking down Sandgate, and remember that the abbey is not actually Cinderella’s castle.