The town is uniting for a bumper Christmas with a new-look event hoping to promote all that Whitby has to offer.
The Gazette is joining forces with ‘We Are Whitby’ to promote a second Christmas market – following on from the success of last year’s event – which was the first of its kind for years.
Next month’s market will be bigger and better with more stalls, a bigger site and more traders from the surrounding villages.
It has been opened up to allow some chains such as the C.W Sellors brand of jewellery shops to get involved and there will be more food and music events while some of the favourites from last year return.
Organiser Mathew Brown, who runs Dillons guest house, told the Gazette: “We are doubling the size of the site and the stalls and we have received a lot of interest from new people in the town, people that were there last year and other people coming on board.
“We have opened it up to the villages around Whitby and we like that idea. I know what’s in town but I don’t always have the time to go to Pennyclare or up to Sleights.
“To be able to say to these people ‘if you have got something you could bring and show us what you do’ is brilliant. We have also got people from further afield and as years go by we will see that grow but for now we want to try and manage it so it is not like York or Lincoln Christmas market.
“We want to give it a unique local flavour - it is about Whitby and what we and our community offer.”
The market will be on from Thursday November 27 to Sunday November 30 and include stalls from local artists, gift shops, clothes shops, jewellers and food outlets.
Last year’s market was the catalyst for a series of events which led to the disbanding of the Totally Locally scheme amid concerns over financial irregularities.
However, under new leadership and with a set constitution and guidelines ‘We are Whitby’ says it wants to move forward.
Mr Brown added: “There have been obstacles to overcome and we have always remained clear that it will take time to restore everyone’s confidence in the group and that is our aim.
“We want people to come on board and work collectively for the community.”