As is often our custom, YHACS held its summer meeting at the seaside, visiting Whitby on 23rd June 2016. We were welcomed by Michael Dawson, chairman of Whitby Civic Society. A message of best wishes to YHACS was received from the Mayor of Whitby, Noreen Williams.
The chairman, Kevin Trickett, reported that Horbury Civic Society has been re-floated and currently has 28 members. Kevin noted the culture and heritage theme to this meeting and said that he thought that civic societies had an important role to play in telling the stories and keeping alive the memories of the places in which they operated. With this in mind members were shown a film showing the centenary events commemorating the bravery of the rescuers and survivors of His Majesty's Hospital Ship Rohilla after the grounding of the vessel on a reef near Whitby in 1914.
Our guest speaker was Sue Boyce who talked about 'The Haven under the Hill', the history of Whitby harbour, and updated the story with the current Fight4Whitby campaign.
Peter Cooper mentioned the need for a YHACS Futures Group, particularly in view of the recent vote to leave the European Union and this was agreed and will be considered at the next committee meeting. For a full account of the Whitby meeting please go the minutes section of the publications page.