Your Goth Weekend 2013 – Tell Us Your Stories

Your Goth Weekend 2013 – Tell Us Your Stories
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Your Whitby Goth Weekend – Share Your Highlights With us.

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Do you love the Goth Weekend ? Is Whitby a special place for you ? Then please help us build this page by dropping us a line at realwhitby@gmail.com including a photograph and a paragraph or 2 about your goth weekend experience.

Please let us know your name, where your from, what the goth weekend means to you, what you enjoy most, what you get up to and as much other information as possible. Please attach a picture related to the goth weekend and your time in Whitby. Please send your info to realwhitby@gmail.com

we look forward to hearing all your stories.

James Miller, Scarborough

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My Goth Weekend By James Miller Of Scarborough

I’ve not really got a story to tell about my first visit to your brill town in nearly 30 years, just a few ramblings.

Well I do live over 20 miles away. In reality, I am not in great health and find it difficult to travel. But when a friend came round and suggested that we tootle to Whitby for a few hours, I couldn’t resist the offer.

Stopping only to empty the local ATM we had a pleasant journey there and parked on Westcliff (sorry if that spelling is wrong but neither of us know Whitby at all, which is a shame).

Needless to say we didn’t realise that by walking from the car-park in the opposite direction we could have spent 20 minutes longer touring the pubs.

However we walked right round on the main road and the first pub we saw didn’t look very busy so we went in the next one, the Angel, where I had a pint and my mate and driver had a half.

There were quite a lot of so called Goths around but I wasn’t sure that they were indeed Goths because my only knowledge of what a Goth is, is based on Jack Dee’s description on QI.

I was very confused because most of these people were smiling or even laughing and were quite happy to talk to you in a polite and cheerful way.

Also, I expected the average age to be about mid-twenties but in fact many of them were in their 50s and 60s, and I don’t mean the 1950/60s.

The initial worries I had had that we would be beaten up and left in the harbour for dead proved totally unfounded. In fact we only met a couple of people who snarled all afternoon and one of those was apologised for by his wife.

We have therefore decided that these were not the classic Goths of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff ilk. In fact they were just people who occasionally like to dress up, let their hair down and have a good time. Excellent idea for a party though.

After visiting a couple more pubs, much to the chagrin of my mate drinking orange juice, we ended up in Flowergate and went to the Little Angel.

This pub is nothing at all like the first Angel we had visited. It was brilliant.

Friendly, efficient bar staff, reasonable prices, free music that was loud enough to be heard but wasn’t deafening or a conversation killer and, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon busy but not uncomfortably so. We even found a couple of seats and got chatting to a few of the revellers of about our age.

A credit to Whitby and the Gothfest. We then ended up across the road at the Elsinore which, if we had been in those two last pubs the other way round, would have been a very good pub but after the Little Angel was a bit of an anti-climax. Still, next time we’ll know.

So thank you a lot for a great few hours people of Whitby and visiting ‘Goths’. We hope to see you again in November and if not, next spring. For longer.

Please send your stories to realwhitby@gmail.com

One Response to "Your Goth Weekend 2013 – Tell Us Your Stories"

  1. scorzonera  April 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    This was my first experience of Goth Weekend, having moved here a couple of months back.

    I’d seen photos and videos of previous events but nothing prepared me for the happy, relaxed, inclusive atmosphere. I’m a market trader so was pretty much confined to the one spot for the weekend, but that corner of the market place turned out to be a meeting point for participants to relax, have a chat, smoke, cup of tea and generally take a break from two days of otherwise relentless posing and promenading. The ones I chatted with were so friendly, open and polite. It was quite moving, in its way. Thanks to them all for allowing me to poke my lens into their downtime.

    The photos I took are here – https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorzonera/sets/72157644364512631/ – and they’re all freely available for anyone to use in any format provided it’s non-commercial.

    Otherwise – ask.

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