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The origins of WGW lie in an ad hoc meeting of around forty pen-pals who Hampshire had met through NME and which was arranged in 1994.1 Hampshire states that Whitby was chosen for its Dracula connections, although probably more so because this had already fostered a sense of acceptance on the part of locals and businesses rather than any inherent romanticism regarding the location. 1

The festival was held yearly until 1997, when it became twice-yearly, now held in April and October. It has since grown into one of the most popular gothic events in the world, attracting attendees from across the UK and around the world. Most of the events are held at the town’s 1,000 capacity Whitby Spa Pavilion (known just as ‘The spa’, this is also where the ‘Goth Market’ is held); however, other venues such as The Metropole Hotel are used for overspill and The Resolution Pub for unofficial events.

Although referred to as a “weekend” it includes events during the day on Friday and Saturday as well as fringe events on the Thursday, Sunday and Monday. These events include additional club nights, markets, and a charity football match between goths and the local newspaper on the Sunday. There are often unofficial day events that vary from year to year including sandcastle building competitions, picnics, photoshoots and boat trips.

The event often sells out and many more people attend than there are tickets available, resulting in booming business for Whitby pubs such as The Elsinore (where the WGW originally started) and The Little Angel. The October 2007 festival was dedicated to the memory of the murdered goth Sophie Lancaster and a collection was raised of over £3000 from various events to place a memorial bench to her in Whitby.


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  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    excellent work paul

  • Thank you Kathy

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  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 5 years ago

    Great work, my friend!

  • Thank you my friend

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  • saseoche
    saseocheover 5 years ago

    Another excellent shot!

  • Thanks again saseoche

    – Paul Thompson Photography

  • Marilyns
    Marilynsover 5 years ago

    great pose , that makes her seem shy ! it seems that she is entirely tatooed !

  • Thanks again Marilyn, I can assure you that she was not shy

    – Paul Thompson Photography

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    lovely portrait love the ink:)

  • Thanks alot Tina

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  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 5 years ago

    WOW! great shot!

  • Thanks again Daniela

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  • Prasad
    Prasadover 5 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks again, Prasad, my new friend

    – Paul Thompson Photography

  • kaotic-shell
    kaotic-shellover 5 years ago

    wow thank you tommy :) you’ve made me look great!!!
    hope to see you next year

  • No problem Shell, well done for finding me I thought you may have forgotten my details. Will be there next year, or maybe at the end if this year, it was great fun. Thanks again for posing for me.

    – Paul Thompson Photography

  • Emily Perry
    Emily Perryover 5 years ago


  • Glad you like it, thanks

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  • photoart22222
    photoart22222almost 3 years ago

    Great capture….love the expression you captured

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