Whitby Memories Facebook group exhibition

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A Facebook group which publishes images of Whitby and the surrounding area online, is to hold an exhibition to promote local history.

Whitby Memories is a Facebook group dedicated to old photographs, nostalgia and history of the local area. The group is holding an exhibition on Sunday June 14 at Whitby Rifle Club and the idea is to promote local history to its many members and others who enjoy local history and nostalgia, and also to get together and meet people face to face.

The event is being organised by members of the group and will include a photographic exhibition called Then & Now by Glenn Kilpatrick, a picture quiz by Naythan Ellicker, who is a 14-year-old member of the group and a budding photographer.

There will be pictures on display from many members of the group, including many old photos and documents by group member Geoff Wilson.

Another group member, Deb Gillanders, will be displaying Whitby ganseys and information about the history of the fisherman’s jumper.

There will also be multiple slide shows of old pictures, including on the big screen. The group will be offering help and advice on using computers, including how to become a member of Whitby Memories and on uploading images and free access to Ancestry.com will be available.

Whitby Memories began in April 2013 when a file of old photographs of the area was given to David Heselton and Ian Wilson. David wondered what to do with the collection of old pictures and Ian suggested that they ought to be shared and enjoyed by as many people as possible,

David came up with the idea of a Facebook group where local people could view and share old pictures and memories.

“We created the group and much to our surprise it attracted a thousand members in no time, and people began posting and sharing pictures and stories about the area,” he said.

“We have held Whitby Memories social nights at Whitby Rifle Club, where we show old pictures on the big screen and hold quizzes and raffles.

“We also take an old projector which Ian owns to various care homes and pensioners clubs in the area to give slide shows.

“At Christmas we took hampers of goodies- cakes, sherry, chocolates etc - to the places we go to with the slide shows, funded by the raffles we run at The Rifle Club, Kirkham Close Community Centre, Trinity Centre, Town and Country Care at Saint Catherines Day Hospice.”

The Facebook group now has 4,800 members and growing.

It is run by Dave, Ian and Ian’s wife Cherry, and many older people have heard about the group, joined Facebook for the sole purpose of becoming a member of Whitby Memories.

David said many people appear to be addicted to the group and complain that housework is being neglected, or that they spend too much time browsing.

Refreshments, tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available at the exhbiition, which from noon until 5pm, admission free.