Whitby herring boats steam off

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Each week, the Whitby Gazette features a picture from the Whitby Memories Facebook group alongside its own old photos.

This one is always popular and shows the herring fleet steaming off at night in the moonlight to the fishing grounds. People often recall seeing all the lights from dozens of boats like a floating town. Some of the boats would be from Whitby, others were from as far off as Scotland and even Holland. older people in Whitby often talk of the sound of the Dutch fisherman’s clogs on the cobbled streets. The heyday was the 1950s.