Captain Cook Memorial service

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The annual Captain Cook service took place last Sunday at the memorial statue on Whitby’s West Cliff.

October 27 marks James Cook’s birthday and each year a service is held in memory of the great explorer, with local dignitaries and children from East Whitby School gathering to lay wreaths in his memory.

The event held extra significance as it marked the final reading of the journals that detailed Captain Cook’s life by Councillor Dorothy Clegg, culminating this year in his death.

Coun Clegg was presented with an inscribed Encylopedia of Cook and Harry Collett, chair of Whitby and District Tourism Association, said: “For once, she was lost for words.”