A memorial garden to commemorate the bombardment of Whitby 100 years ago has been unveiled.

Remembering a coastguard and scout leader being amongst the victims of a tragic hour of naval shelling. The garden was opened at 9:05 with a parachute flair release and a short service given by Reverend Canon David Smith.

The installation, which sits in a sunken garden on Whitby’s West Cliff, has been four years in the making and represents a bombed out home complete with unexploded shell. The shell was a gift to the people of Whitby to thank them for their fund raising efforts during the First World War and was donated to Whitby in Bloom by the Town Council for public display.

Today was a moving tribute to the sacrifices made by the men, women and children of Whitby during the First World War. 1914 was a tragic year for this community which at the time of the bombardment was still mourning the life lost by the wreck of the Rohilla. We hope this garden will be visited by many residents and tourists alike and that it will provide a lasting commemoration to those who bore the trauma of war.

Amanda Smith, Whitby in Bloom