Project bridges generation gap

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TEENS in Whitby have got together to create a book and DVD, archiving years of growing up in Whitby and the surrounding areas.

The project co-ordinated by Jenny Tennant from North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) 4Youth Service and Deb Stelling, area youth worker for NYCC, organised and managed the project which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

By taking part the 13 to 19-year-olds were encouraged to enter the photo competition and all pictures entered would be shown in the book or DVD – but the winner of the competition won a camera worth £200.

The winner of the competition, Izzy Williamson, won a camera worth £200 plus two runner ups, Jacob Bates-Firth and Danielle Armstrong, also get the opportunity to shadow Whitby Gazette photographer Ceri Oakes for a day.

Ceri, also one of the judges, said it was not easy to pick a winner and some outstanding pictures had been sent in.

The photos will now go into a modern day archive in Whitby Museum.

The DVD featured youths interviewing the older generations from Whitby and comparing their experiences of being a teenager in Whitby with each other.

Deb Stelling said: “What was quite shocking is when one young boy after talking to the older people had commented on how times had changed and how young people today don’t just want all the new stuff but these days they get it too.”

Many of the children found the experience humbling in comparing their Xboxes and Smart phones to hopscotch and skipping ropes.

Mayor of Whitby, Coun John Freeman, who handed out the prizes described the project as “an inter-generation project to bridge the gap between the younger and older generations of Whitby.”