Photography at St Marys.

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Photography at St Marys.

Post by oldgoth » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:05 pm

Here is the request we rec'd, personally I htink its easy to comply with, just stay in the pub!



To whom it may concern

The Churchwardens and Rector of Whitby who deal with St. Mary's Parish Church, East Cliff ask that no photographs are taken in St. Mary's Churchyard during the Goth Weekend.

Please could you convey this request to your followers. The reasons being firstly the churchyard is Hallowed Ground and many of the families of the deceased in these graves are still living in Whitby and they find the draping of people on these tombs whilst having photographs taken distasteful. Also many of the tomb stones are unsafe and could easliy fall on to people and they could be injured.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely,

John Hemson,
Churchwarden,
St. Mary's Parish Church.
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Re: Photography at St Marys.

Post by oldgoth » Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:38 pm

The official statement from Jo:-

Statement from the official Whitby Goth Weekend™

In recent months, there has been much controversy surrounding St. Mary’s Churchyard in Whitby, specifically regarding photographers asking Goths to pose for photographs on and around tombstones. Following this in July, Whitby Parish Council erected signs in the churchyard stating that photography was no longer allowed.

In some cases people have been photographed laid or even stood on tombstones, and after viewing examples of these the Whitby Goth Weekend™ contacted St Mary’s Church offering full backing to their decision. A statement was released to this effect, and this support still stands.

Although the Churchyard closed in 1861, it is Hallowed Ground and contains the tombstones of many local Whitby families who continue to this day to scatter the ashes of loved ones in the Churchyard.

The actions of this thoughtless minority are not only disrespectful, but also offensive. It is disappointing that the actions of a few irresponsible individuals have spoiled an enjoyable part of the Whitby experience for not only Goth Weekend visitors, but for every member of the public that visits the churchyard.

We intend to do all we can to stop this behaviour and will be exhibiting posters and speaking to all the photographers we encounter at our future events.

Jo Hampshire
Founder Whitby Goth Weekend™ est 1994
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