Whitby goes wicked for Goth weekend

Azadeh Safaei, 34, from South Hampton visiting Whitby Abbey, in Whitby North Yorkshire, which is being illuminated for Hallowe'en and the 20th anniversary of the Whitby Gothic Weekend''30 October 2014
Azadeh Safaei, 34, from South Hampton visiting Whitby Abbey, in Whitby North Yorkshire, which is being illuminated for Hallowe'en and the 20th anniversary of the Whitby Gothic Weekend''30 October 2014

Festival goers basked in the glorious Autumn winter sunshine today (Saturday) as Goth weekend in Whitby got into full swing.

The town was rammed as people packed in amongst the ancient cobbled streets, climbed the 199 steps and posed for pictures showing off outfits which ranged from traditional Victorian attire to extreme steam punk.

Don from Teesside has been visiting Whitby for the Goth Weekend since it first started''Halloween comes early in the remote coastal town of Whitby, as Goths begin to arrive for the bi-annual Whitby Gothic Weekend. The even is celebrating its 20th year this weekend. It started from humble beginnings with just a few like-mided people meeting in the Elsinore pub on Flowergate for a drink but now attracts hundreds of goths for the entire weekend. Some come for the music, others get dressed up in their finery and parade the cobbled streets and many come just to observe the spectacle.''30 October 2014

Don from Teesside has been visiting Whitby for the Goth Weekend since it first started''Halloween comes early in the remote coastal town of Whitby, as Goths begin to arrive for the bi-annual Whitby Gothic Weekend. The even is celebrating its 20th year this weekend. It started from humble beginnings with just a few like-mided people meeting in the Elsinore pub on Flowergate for a drink but now attracts hundreds of goths for the entire weekend. Some come for the music, others get dressed up in their finery and parade the cobbled streets and many come just to observe the spectacle.''30 October 2014

The sun came out for the main day of the weekend which looks set to have attracted several thousands and at times literally brought the town to a standstill with local police being despatched to the swing bridge to deal with cars versus pedestrians on the swing bridge in the afternoon.

Hard-core stalwarts of the festival, which has been coming to Whitby for over 20 years now, will be staying in town after dark to take in the music and live bands which will be taking to the stage at the Pavilion and the Met.

Last night saw the Abbey illuminated for Halloween and tomorrow there will be a charity goth football match at Whitby Town’s ground and Sexy Sunday will rock the Met.