Whitby’s Endeavour tourist project comments ‘not welcome’

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I would like to object to the comments made by Dr Jan Narey in last week’s edition of the Whitby Gazette.

To suggest that The replica HM Bark Endeavour “will be yet another attraction for hen and stag parties” is not only insulting to Mr Fiddler and his business partner, who have financed this project personally but it also gives a great disservice to the team of people who have been working tirelessly to turn what was an extremely neglected vessel into an exciting family friendly tourist attraction.

The main deck and the top deck will be dedicated to telling the story of Captain Cook’s voyage of discovery and what life at sea would have been like in the 18th century. This will be done in a fun and interactive way using audio visuals and physical interpretation.

The lower deck will be a family friendly cafe by day and a unique dining space by night, with fine dining. Hardly the environment that will attract stag and hen parties!

Just to be clear regarding the premises licence, the application process is very generic and regardless if you are applying to sell alcohol and play music in a cafe, restaurant or nightclub the questions are all the same ... so yes, as with most cafes and restaurants you will be able to have a glass of wine with your food and yes, you might even hear some ambient background music while you are dining or maybe an acoustic performance for example.

There is absolutely no intention of having amplified music bellowing out of the ship.

I am very surprised that Dr Narey has succumbed to the rumours and gossip that have surrounded this project and not done her research more thoroughly before passing comment.

Beverley Rutherford

(proud member of the Endeavour team)