Friday, 6 November 2015

Why Whitby?

Why do you always go to Whitby, they ask. Well, my mother asks. Every single time we go. And we go a lot. We went  again at half term, as it happens.

I first went, for the day, when I was 18 years old with a friend as a celebration after we'd finished our A level exams many, many years ago. While there we did all the Whitby things: bought lucky ducks, went up the 199 steps to the Abbey, and visited the Romany fortune teller in the harbour.

I can't remember all that the fortune teller said, apart from a string of letters relating to a future love (which I wrote down for reference) and, looking deeply sorry, that it would take me a long time to find true love.

She wasn't wrong about that, though having been badly mistaken several times over the past 30 odd years it's only now I realise it.

As for the string of letters ... x,w,i,s,n,h,a... well, she may have picked them out of thin air or she may not but all of them are in The Man's name so..... cue Tales of the Unexpected theme tune.

It seemed only fitting that when we got married we honeymooned in Whitby, and we've returned there one or two times a year ever since.

While we there last year, I met up with that very same friend I'd originally visited Whitby with all of 30 odd years ago. It seems she goes every year too, she even spent her honeymoon there :)

But a friend on Facebook has summed up how I feel about Whitby best: 'Whitby is part of who we are,' she said. 'It's ours and we love it. When you have visited it as many times it becomes an integral part of life. Whitby has a certain indescribable magic about it.'

She's not wrong...

Whitby Harbour at low tide

Whitby Harbour

Whitby Bridge

Whitby at sunset

Whitby Harbour at night

Staring out to sea

*Plans next trip to Whitby*

1 comment :

  1. Lovely reasons to got to Whitby. I love the way you described your emotional relation with this beautiful coastal town.

    I never been to Whitby, although I would like to go. I looks beautiful and maybe I'll even buy a piece of jewellery with Whitby jet.


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