New look for old whalebones

A more contemporary idea of what the whalebones could look like
A more contemporary idea of what the whalebones could look like

WHITBY’S old whalebones, which have been locked away for years, are set for a new lease of life and the Whitby Gazette has been given exclusive pictures of what they could look like.

Architects Brewster Bye have come up with two options for Raithwaite Hall, the new owners of the whalebones.

The whalebones if they were set out like they used to be on the West Cliff

The whalebones if they were set out like they used to be on the West Cliff

One is to position the bones, taken down in 2003 because of their detiorating condition, in the same stance they had on the West Cliff.

A second comes up with a more contemporary idea of tipping them upside down.

Bosses at Raithwaite want the community to give feedback on both designs before a final decision is made.

Whichever option is picked, the sculpture will be sited at the entrance to the hotel between Whitby and Sandsend.

Ben Pilgrim from Skelwith Leisure said: “We are really pleased with how the two options look. We feel that they both bring out the heritage and significance of the bones, reflected in an exciting new setting. Given this significance we wanted to give the community an opportunity to let us know what they think.

“The bones are a key part of Whitby heritage and we want to ensure that the setting is appropriate. We have tried to blend old with new, as we have tried to do with the whole Raithwaite Hall estate.”