Well its that time of year again when those clad in Black, and now numerous other colours and guises descend on or amazingly diverse town.
Recently I was reading a social media discussion on the wall of my friend who owns a local Whitby Public House which also provides accommodation.
Reading through her account of a situation it appears she had been coming in for criticism from some Goths on The Whitby Goth Weekend Facebook page for letting her accommodation to “Non Goths”. You can read more about it here in our Real Whitby Facebook Page Discussion.
From what I read, a group of “Official” Goths have become rather upset at Non Goths, and Steam Punks and the likes gatecrashing their weekend.
Through observation of The Goth Weekend over the past few years I have noticed this creeping bad attitude of some Gothic Weekend attendees who seem to think only they can come to Whitby on Goth Weekend and everyone else should stay away.
Whilst I have to admit I love the Goth Weekend and all that it brings in to Whitby I also feel this attitude must be stopped. No-one has a divine right to come here, and if you want to ensure you have accommodation for your visit, knowing how busy the weekend gets, then its your duty to book in advance and also be polite to our accommodation providers whilst doing so. And if your favourite place is booked then its your own fault for not booking early enough.
To make matters worse, In one post to our Facebook group a steam punk reports an attack on himself by a group of Goth’s – You can read about that here.
So here was me believing that The Goths were a nice peaceful non judgemental and welcoming group. Perhaps its about time you started sorting your act out and respecting The People of Whitby on your visits and realising that whilst we welcome you all, not one of you has any divine right to come here and non of you should be making other people feel unwelcome in our beautiful town.
Come and enjoy, come and be friends, but don’t come at all if your going to be a pain in the arse.
All photographs by Glenn Kilpatrick – www.whitby-photography.com