Town ready for its goth extravaganza

THE autumn Whitby Goth Weekend kicks off this weekend and is set to impress once again as the event continues to grow in popularity.

Whitby is home to the weird and wonderful for the entire weekend as people flock to the town to check out the best bands, show off their elaborate costumes or simply come to spectate and soak up the atmosphere.

Goths have already started arriving in town, giving a much needed boost to guest houses, pubs, restaurants and shops as they prepare for the fun of the fair which kicks off officially today.

For those that have never attended the goth weekend – founded by Jo Hampshire back in 1994 – there is a meet at the Pavilion where Loki’s Whitby Virgins can get all the information they need to make the most of their weekend.

Throughout the weekend there will be trade stalls in the Pavilion at the Bizarre Bazaar and a Gothic Bring and Buy Sale at the Resolution where many attendees can buy items to put the finishing touches to their outfit or start planning next year’s.

At night it is all about the bands who will rock the stage at the Pavilion and the line up this year includes Last July, Dutch Order, Inertia, Fangs on Fur and Alien Sex Fiend.

The Forum and Facebook followers will meet for the first time in an official capacity at the Little Angel on Saturday from 2pm and a goth pool competition takes place at The Met.

And it’s not just human goths enjoying the weekend.

More and more pooches are joining in the fun and even dressing up too and they will all meet for the Official Dog Walk on Whitby beach from lunchtime on Sunday.

They will be back just in time for the fiercely contested Goth v Gazette football match kicking off at the Turnbull at 2pm.

Kustom Kars will return to the West Cliff tomorrow while a special Goth Express steam train runs in and out of Whitby on both Saturday and Sunday courtesy of North York Moors Railway.

Inside this four-page festival pull-out you’ll find the whole official WGW itinerary – we’ve also featured a few of the many fringe events which run all over the district.

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l The dates for next year’s spring WGW are confirmed as the 26th to the 28th of April.