Whitby firms gear up for fish and ships festival

Stuart Fusco

With under a month to go until the first Whitby Fish and Ships Festival, preparations involving businesses and organisations across the town are under way.

Taking place on 18th and 19th May, the Whitby Fish and Ships Festival is organised by Discover Yorkshire Coast and a number of local businesses, in association with Seafish UK, a Non-Departmental Public Body set up to support the £10bn UK seafood industry.

The event aims to explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s maritime culture and seafood industry, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants.

Businesses across the town are also getting into the spirit of things, revealing a host of exciting plans and nautical themed window displays and decorations. Fusco’s of Whitby, for example, has announced that it will be holding a series of family-friendly activities at its three Whitby-based businesses.

Adrian Fusco, of Fusco’s of Whitby and a member of the event organisation committee, comments: “Businesses from across Whitby are working hard to make this event a huge success, there is going to be lots to do during the two days. It is great seeing everyone coming together to provide visitors with another fantastic reason to visit our town and celebrate Whitby’s traditional maritime culture and today’s seafarers.

He adds: “We are extremely excited to be taking part in the first ever Whitby Fish and Ships Festival. We’re proud of the part that Fusco’s has played in the history of fish and chips in Whitby and look forward to showing this off to visitors at the event.”