WHITBY businesses were united in backing the Gazette’s Heroes Welcome campaign.
Last week the founder of Heroes Welcome, John Senior a major with the 16 UK Air Assault Brigade and reporter Emma Spencer took to the streets of Whitby to drum up further support for the campaign which ultimately hopes to see a parade of the armed forces through the town.
Almost every business approached on Wednesday agreed to display a sticker showing their support for the country’s armed forces and to say servicemen and women are welcome at their business whether it be a shop, cafe, pub, chip shop or b&b.
Local taxis - both private and hackney - also got in on the act immediately displaying stickers in car windows so now the Heroes Welcome logo can be seen all over the roads of Whitby and the surrounding area.
Drivers were even asking for handfuls of stickers so they could hand them on to fellow drivers.
Gary Snaith of GLS Taxis said: “I definitely support the armed forces, there is no doubt about that.”
Tony Barningham from Cabin Cafe contacted the Gazette saying he wanted to be included in the scheme.
He said: “I don’t have any connections to the military but I saw it in the Gazette and thought it was a great idea. People don’t realise what they go through they just see it on the telly.”
Colin Swales, the owner of Sacky’s Fish and Chip shop, says he favours helping the armed forces over other causes.
He said: “When people come in and say they are forces I always give them discount.
“I supported cancer and things like that but I knocked them on the head to do this. This deserves it mostly.”
Whitby Co-op took a number of stickers and often donates food hampers to Help for Heroes (the national campaign) events.
Manager Denis Gilroy said: “These lads are thousands of miles away and are sometimes forgotten about but this is bringing it to the forefront.”
Other businesses approached last week who wanted stickers and posters were: Station Gallery, Station News, Yorkshire Trading Company, Subway, The New Angel, Alex’s Fish and Chip shop, Magpie Cook Shop, Mills Cafe, Masons, Landers, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Flowerpot, Whitby Fish Stores, R.A Willison fruit and veg, The Wellington, Royal Fisheries, Creature Comforts, Monkey Puzzle Gems, Tiffin, K&S Dryden, Gatsbys, John Bull, Buck, Moon and Sixpence, Whitby Rock, The Ship, The Pier, Tea stall, Whitby Catch, Whitby Angling, Picfair, Candy Rock King, Teas ‘n’ Tarts, Harry’s Bar, Millers Amusements, Jane’s Cafe, Robert and Victoria, Sandgate Seafoods, Robinson’s Whitby Jet, Chic and Cheerful, Whitby Glass, Woodheads, Shambles, John Freeman and Son gallery, Whitby Book Clearance, Whitby Jet Store, Hunters sweetshop, Marie Antoinette, Ebor Jet Works, Whitby Galleries, Trattles and Geall Fine Arts, Board Inn, Whitby Jet Heritage Centre, Hidden Earth, Incantation, Honeyz, Hall and Coates, Shepherd’s Purse, Toymaster, J’Adore, Araucaria, Bay Tree Interiors, Spangles, Watsons, Jet Set, Tog 24, Justin’s Chocolatiers, Black Horse, Ruby Tuesday, Whitby Book Shop, White Horse and Griffin, Bootique, Owl and the Pussy Cat, Mr Chips, Humble Pie and Mash, Rods and Reels, The Hair Shop, Hadley’s Fish restaurant, Sea Urchin Games, Gift World, Endeavour Books, Natural Wonders, Whitby Wood Workers, Holland and Barrett.
They join a host of other Whitby businesses who have already lodged their support. For full details check the Whitby Gazette’s Heroes Welcome Facebook page.