Gansey dress party

Deb Gilanders with some Ganseys''w111106   Picture: Ceri Oakes
Deb Gilanders with some Ganseys''w111106 Picture: Ceri Oakes

TRADITIONAL fisherman’s attire is the talking point at a Whitby Museum lecture this month.

Guest speaker Deb Gillanders will give a presentation called Propagansey, discussing the traditional fisherman’s jumper.

Mrs Gillanders said: “Originally they were worn by fishermen, mainly as working garments but also as Sunday best.

“As wet weather gear they’ve now been superseded and the fishermen themselves are the endangered species.”

Mrs Gillanders has spoken to locals in an attempt to conserve this part of Whitby’s fishing history.

She added: “I believe that five or ten years down the line more of these irreplaceable things will be gone for ever, along with a massive piece of local heritage, and we’ll be wishing we’d done something to retain the knowledge whilst we had the chance.

“There are probably only two or three Whitby men who wear their ganseys everyday now.

“I can get quite excited by scruffy old jumpers!”

Mrs Gillanders invites people not only to come to the talk but to bring in their old ganseys to help build a larger picture of the history of this garment.

The talk is hosted by Whitby Literary and Philarmonic Society and takes place at the Normanby Room at 2pm on Thursday 24 March.

Mrs Gillanders can be contacted by calling 01947 600653.