The historic fishing village of Staithes, where Captain Cook had his first taste of the sea, is laying on a programme of events to mark the 250th anniversary of his voyage of discovery on HMS Endeavour.
The celebrations at Staithes begin on Thursday when HMS Pickle, a replica of the schooner that brought the news to England of Lord Nelson’s death at Trafalgar, anchors off Staithes harbour where musician Tom Gjertsen will lead a programme of sea shanties.
There will be two free screenings of the Captain Cook documentary The Man Behind the Legend, Vanessa Collingridge’s BBC Timewatch documentary. Showtimes are next Friday 7pm at the Village Memorial Hall, Cliff Road and next Saturday 7pm at St Peter’s, Church Street. Historian Bill Hinchley will lead guided tours of Staithes, pointing out Cook’s connections to the village. Bill’s walks, lasting about 75 minutes, are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, at 10 am and 2pm.
Pretend to be Captain Cook in period costume by posing for selfies in a tintamarresque on Staithes harbour front, made by Caedmon College students.
The celebrations will be given a musical send-off with concerts on Sunday by the Dire Staithes band outside Staithes Art Gallery at midday and by the Staithes Fishermen’s Choir outside the Cod and Lobster at 1pm.