Whitby collier ship forms centrepiece of village bonfire

Skinningrove bonfire last year.
Skinningrove bonfire last year.

A Whitby collier sailing ship will form the centrepiece of this year’s Skinningrove Bonfire, which takes place tomorrow night.

The theme this year is The Alum Industry with the bonfire structure and other features representing an industry that dominated the local district for about 200 years until its demise in the 1870s.

The structure of the bonfire will be a Whitby Collier sailing ship of the type used to transport materials to the Alum works.

Adrian Hill, Chairman of the Bonfire Committee, said; “We’re expecting a big crowd on the evening so please get to the seafront in good time to see the attractions. I thank everyone who is contributing to this year’s event through their volunteering and generous donations.”

There will be road closures into Skinningrove from 5.30pm ahead of the 7pm fireworks display, which is followed by the lighting of the bonfire .

There are facilities for disabled parking and viewing on the seafront but spaces are limited. Blue Badge holders wanting access should get there early.

The event is free but relies on public donations to keep going. Collectors will be on hand during the evening. Alcohol is discouraged in public areas and may be confiscated by the police.