FISH and Ships will be on the menu in Whitby this weekend as the seaside town hosts a festival celebrating its maritime heritage.

There will be a multitude of events across the whole town over the two days, including live cookery demonstrations, workshops, street entertainment and more.

And in the quest to find Yorkshire’s champions of the sea, Whitby’s fishermen have issued a challenge to land the heaviest fish, row the fastest boat, and compose the greatest fishing song at the festival, in association with Seafish.

There are three prizes at stake, all to be decided on Sunday, May 19 and designed to test a range of seafaring skills.

Visitors can either cheer on their chosen champions, or take part themselves to claim one of the coveted crowns, and there’s also a children’s crown up for grabs, as Whitby Museum seeks the best Lego boat-builder.

Janet Deacon, tourism and corporate marketing manager for Scarborough Borough Council, said: “All three competitions have their roots in local tradition, giving many generations of Whitby’s hard-working fishing families a chance to have fun together, as well as show off their expertise.”