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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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Comments

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Great shot Paul, lovely light and composition!! I must pay a visit to the gothic weekend one day!!

  • Thanks alot Shaun, it is a must

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  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago
    Not only a great shot Paul but a very interesting narrative,
  • Many thanks Malcolm

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  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Outstanding lighting and captrure!!

  • Thank you very much Carol

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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot and thanks for the information

  • Thank you very much Shulie

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  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    nice one paul

  • Many thanks Steve

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  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 4 years ago

    Don’t ya just love that red, looks so dynamic against the black clothing and pale skin! Beautiful!

  • Thank you very much Mel

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Many Congratulations Paul From DSLR Users Group
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    Your Feature is Well deserved and I hope you have an Amazing Weekend.
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  • Thank you very much Don, you have a great weekend too!

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  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much rocamiadesign

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  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...over 4 years ago

    very cool, didn’t even know of that weekend

  • Thank you very much, Ryan, it is on twice a year

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  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture, Paul!

  • Many thanks my friend

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