Saving Whitby By Jackie Greaves



Oh what will become of our beautiful Whitby Town?

Everywhere we look, seems it’s all just tumbling down.

Is Whitby really falling right into the North Sea?

Well that’s what it looks like, if you were asking me.

 

Dredging shakes foundations in Sandgate’s little shops.

The cracks are appearing and the building it just drops.

Work on sewage pipes has caused much stress.

We fear historical buildings will all become a mess.

 

Church land cascades down on Henrietta Street

And Fortunes the smokehouse lies right in the heat

Established way back in 1872,

Now even this little gem is in danger too!

 

Aelfleda Terrace loses 5 houses in one go.

Was it caused by rain, or someone else we know?

Jet workers lived here, many years gone by.

Is the history in this town all going to disappear and die?

 

The Khyber Pass is closed, when rocks come falling down

Is anyone still safe, in poor old Whitby Town?

Whitby needs help, please don’t let it suffer anymore.

This historic little port is the place we all love and adore.

 

Our precious pair of lighthouses are fast crumbling with no care.

Closed now to the public and receiving no repair.

The east pier sits so sadly, marooned alone at sea.

The bridge to reach it long gone and repairs are not to be.

 

We love you beautiful Whitby Town with all your precious jewels.

We wish that we could mend you but we haven’t got the tools.

The council will not help us; they just don’t want to know.

Every time we ask them, they tell us where to go.

 

What will become of such a special historic little port?

Where many visitors come to play and anglers do their sport.

Can anybody help you? Is there anything we can do?

We need to rescue Whitby Town, a treasure through and through.

 

We have such lovely photographs and many memories too.

We’ll give them to our children, that might just have to do.

Unless maintenance is forthcoming and repairs are properly done,

Whitby will be a memory, a truly beautiful one

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19 Responses to "Saving Whitby By Jackie Greaves"

  1. Frank Chalmers  January 8, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Eloquent and poignant.

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  2. george purvis  January 8, 2013 at 8:02 am

    yes i agree with you something must be done Scarborough council wont spend anything on our great town would rather all the visitor bypass Whitby and go to Scarborough. im Whitby born but live over seas but i still love our old town and come back every year

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  3. Michael  January 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Well you guys cant complain now as you have brought all this on yourselves…….

    If Whitby people weren’t so hostile, aggressive and threatening to anyone AND everyone that wasn’t actually born in Whitby then you would have gotten the help you need long ago.
    As it is the extreme xenophobic attitude Whitby people have to – well lets face it the entire world – has pushed away anyone who would have been willing to assist you so you cannot complain now.

    Whitby is just like the school bully who cries foul when someone either hits them back or when they find they have no friends left. Your situation is of your own making.

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  4. Amy  January 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Michael, do you work for SBC by any chance?
    I can see no other reason for a rant that manages to be twaddle & to ignores the fact that Whitby is ignored & underfunded by SBC

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    • Michael  January 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      No Amy im a Canadian retiree who tried to settle quietly in Whitby Eight years ago and was hounded out of my home by the Whitby Locals because I was not born in Whitby. Your reputation for hostility and xenophobia is well deserved and is doubt the reason you are being ignored now in a time of crisis.

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  5. Richard Ineson  January 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Everything will get attended to when the Park and Ride and the Wind Farm and the Potash Mine open for business.Whitby will become a boom town and there will be Champagne and oysters for everyone and houses with room for a pony, and car showrooms will open up selling Mazeratis and Ferraris and posh clothes shops and handbags costing £5,000 and shoes and everything in the garden will be lovely.

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    • Michael  January 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      No im a Canadian retiree who tried to settle quietly in Whitby Eight years ago and was hounded out of my home by the Whitby Locals because I was not born in Whitby. Your reputation for hostility and xenophobia is well deserved and is doubt the reason you are being ignored now in a time of crisis.

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  6. The Man In The White Suit  January 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    To be fair , most on here were not born and bread in Whitby , as far as I know…..

    No doubt I will be shot down by the ones that were!!!!!!!!!

    We/you live in the most beautiful part of the world yet all you do is moan…..

    I love it………… I could not be happier…..

    Keep moaning, it will get u nowhere.

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  7. admin  January 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Most on here ? Were averaging 18,000 a month, do you know them ?

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  8. The Man In The White Suit  January 10, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Most who contribute…………. Yes I do know….

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  9. Amy  January 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I’m intrigued by Michael saying he was hounded out of his home? – it sounds more like an inner-city estate than my idea of Whitby, but maybe I’m wrong :(

    And moaning; I agree Whitby’s 1 of the most beautiful places in the world & there’s not REALLY that much to moan about – except the town falling down; that deserves serious attention drawing to it, Jackie Greaves poem does it very eloquently, I just hope whoever’s in charge of finances takes note & has an attack of conscience over it.

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    • Michael  January 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

      It’s not just us they do it to everyone. They are fine with the casual visitor but this changes when a person actually moves there. It starts immediately with unpleasant notes being left on property, car etc saying “your presence in Whitby is not acceptable” and being refused service in stores.
      Then it escalates to personal abuse in the street sometimes being spat on. After that comes the damage to car property dog filth through the mailbox and threats of violence against family members. We decided enough was enough when our pets were threatened with being killed if we did not leave within Seven days.
      We received more personal abuse within a month of being in Whitby than in our whole lives anywhere else. We wished we had done our background checks first because this is the treatment everybody gets. It’s just the way they are.

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  10. Amy  January 10, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Blimey, that sucks :(

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    • Michael  January 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      Guess its our fault for being mesmerized by Whitby and not doing background checks of people who actually lived there. It’s like they have some sort of racial purity hang up going on. All in all Whitby is more Shameless than Heartbeat. And you know the funny thing? It was the older residents we had most trouble from!

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  11. Andrea Smith  January 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Whitby people are renowned for their hospitality and freindship. Theres plenty of people on here who moved to Whitby from away and have never looked back. I can only assume you upset someone, and if you did, then its your own fault.

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    • Michael  January 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Hitler was renowned for his hospitality and friendship till people actually met him Andrea

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  12. mnevis  January 10, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Richard Ineson says:-
    Everything will get attended to when the Park and Ride and the Wind Farm and the Potash Mine open for business. Whitby will become a boom town and there will be Champagne and oysters for everyone and houses with room for a pony, and car showrooms will open up selling Mazeratis and Ferraris and posh clothes shops and handbags costing £5,000 and shoes and everything in the garden will be lovely.

    Richard is quite right. When the Potash Mine is open there will be no unemployment in Whitby and area. All the children brought up in the little villages, which are full of holiday homes and properties rented out by local people as holiday homes around Whitby, will be able to purchase a home of their own. New car dealerships will spring up in Whitby overnight without doubt. Designer shops to rival York and Harrogate, maybe even a Harvey Nicks. Starbucks… The first sign is on the horizon now…Wetherspoons….

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  13. Mary Roach  January 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    ^ Glad those are jokes; Apart from locals being able to buy locally, the rest sounds a nightmare!
    I’m worried the potash mine’ll just suck the area dry. It might bring jobs to a few for a while, but at what cost; will it do more damage than it’s worth?

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  14. Andrea Smith  January 12, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    I also cant see the potash mine doing a right lot for the town. There would initially be a lot of work in setting it up. But after that, how many locals will be employed there, How many jobs will there be for the local unskilled workforce ? Maybe a couple of hundred jobs at most spread between many thousands of unempl0yed in the local area from Cleveland, Whitby, Scarborough and local North Yorkshire. I cant see it bringing a lot, and we will be playing Russian Roulette with a very beautiful part of the world and all the tourism that attracts. And before anyone spouts off about Tourism, its the towns biggest source of employment and income by a very big margin. Without it we would be like Loftus or Liverton. Loftus by the sea, how wonderful, mass unemployment and locals in the bookies all day dressed in Shellsuites..

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