Visitors from Whitby’s twinned sister city enjoyed their first visit to the town and hailed Whitby a gem.
Anchorage, Alaska, is paired with the town and Chair of The Sister City Commission Charlene Howe and husband David, enjoyed the opportunity to tour the town, visiting all the famous places and monuments.
They visited the Captain Cook Statue, on West Cliff, a similar statue also stands in Anchorage today, The Captain Cook Museum, Whitby Abbey and Pannett Park Museum. The couple were guided by Whitby town mayor John Freeman, town clerk Pam Dobson and deputy Anne Cowey.
Charlene Howe said: “We have had a lovely time right from the moment John picked us up, we had such a warm welcome, from our first view point of the town across the new bridge we felt the warmth of the town, from the citizens of the town.
“We had the best fish and chips we have ever had from The Magpie Cafe. We also had a beautiful stay at Bagdale Hall, it took our breath away.
“The Captain Cook Museum was fantastic, we were marvelled by the 100 year old swing bridge, one of our particular highlights was visiting John Freeman’s studio, he is a fantastic artist.”
Whitby has been twinned with Anchorage, Alaska since June 1978 and the commission has done a lot of good things for the town, they provided the new whalebone’s on West Cliff, and the first lights in Pannett Park.
David Howe said: Whitby is full of history, it’s such an exciting place to walk around”
Coun Freeman said: “It has been lovely, the weather couldn’t have been better to showcase Whitby.”