THOUSANDS of Goths flocked to Whitby at the weekend for the town’s popular festival of Gothic culture.

Whitby Goth Weekend is one of the largest events of its kind in the world, and attracts many tourists to see the variety of spectacular and intricate outfits on show. It has been running since 1994, and thanks to its growth in popularity, now takes place twice a year in April and October, when it coincides with Halloween. The festival started on Thursday night and concluded on Sunday night after a weekend of alternative music and cultural events, including beer tastings, a market and a showing of the 1926 silent film of the Phantom of the Opera at St Hilda’s Church.