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Whitby and Scarborough mark 100 years since WW1 bombardments

Scarborough became the site of the first attack of the First World War on British soil on 16 December 1914 Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Tributes will be paid this morning to those killed on the North Yorkshire coastline in the First World War bombardments exactly 100 years ago.

Hundreds of shells rained down on Scarborough before German warships attacked Whitby in 1914. 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Lindy Rowley is from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.

Scarborough remembers WW1 bombing victims

Nine days before Christmas in 1914 was the major turning point in the Great War resulting in thousands signing up to fight.

That is because it was the first time the Germans had killed civillians on home soil. The seaside town of Scarborough was one target and 18 people were killed there.

Now a group of volunteers are trying to trace their relatives in time for a special centenary next month. Sarah Clark reports.


A-list celeb Larkin' about in Whitby

Catherine Zeta Jones has been spotted shopping in Whitby.

The Darling Buds of May star - who played Mariette Larkin, has since gone on to become one of the UK's biggest names in Hollywood.

Catherine Zeta Jones walks out of a Whitby shop clutching her bargain Credit: Roxanne Barlow

But it didn't stop her bagging a bargain in the town's independent stores while she filmed the new Dad's Army movie.

Roxanne Barlow snapped the actress as she left Home Works clutching her new purchase - a poster of Audrey Hepburn.

Venus Trading, where the Hollywood star bought

She then visited Venus Trading, where she bought a 'Lucille Blouse" for £29.99.

Manager Jaime Ruff said: "She had a good peruse of the stock, she seemed to be very chilled out.

"She bought a modern vintage blouse. We didn't bother her for a photo as she just wanted to shop."

Whitby "under threat" unless piers saved

There are fears Whitby could be deluged by seawater unless urgent repairs are made to the town's ageing sea defences.

The east and west piers, which have protected the harbour from stormy seas for hundreds of years, could collapse at any time, according to campaigners. They are now calling on the Government to help pay towards the £8 million needed to do the work.

Kate Walby reports:

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Appeal to government to save Whitby piers

Whitby Pier Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

An appeal has been made to the Government for £3.8m of emergency funding to save Whitby's two landmark piers - amid warnings the situation is now "critical".

A delegation of politicians in the district has told the Government that the harbour and surrounding homes and businesses could be at risk from the North Sea without swift action to bolster its walled protection.


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Cleveland Way footpath re-opens after landslip

The section of cliff on the Cleveland Way suffered a landslip Credit: National Park Authority

A section of pathway along the Cleveland Way near Whitby has been reopened after the cliffside suffered a landslip. The National Park Authority was forced to cordon off a section of the popular walking route following the slide this week. The section is now open again to walkers after a local landowner allowed the Authority to re-divert a short section of the walkway through a nearby field.

A groundsman erects a fence to re-direct walkers around the landslip on the Cleveland Way Credit: National Park Authority

Part of Cleveland Way collapses into sea after landslip

Coastguards are urging people to keep away from the coast near Whitby after part of the Cleveland Way collapsed into the sea.

Temporary fencing has been put up around the landslip area which is just west of Saltwick Bay, not far from Whitby Abbey.

Humber Coastguard says the exact length of land that has disappeared into the sea has yet to be measured, but that it is "substantial".

Police believe missing Keith maybe in North Yorkshire

Police believe Keith Kennedy may be in North Yorkshire

Police believe a man missing from Hartlepool may now be in North Yorkshire.

Keith Kennedy who is 52 years old is described as 5'8" tall of stocky build with short grey hair. Officers say they received a reported sighting of him in the Whitby area at around 7pm on Friday September 19.

Cleveland police are concerned for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character. Efforts to trace him are continuing today.

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