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ART WITH HEART Appy days found @whitby_fishwife. The trail will also include sculpted portraits of two of Whitby’s most famous residents, Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and Dora Walker. Photograph­er Sutcliffe will be depicted alongside his vintage plate camera, which he used to create intimate and revealing photograph­s of the seaside town and its residents from the late Victorian era through to the early 20th century. It made him internatio­nally famous – his work is still much sought after today. Less familiar is the extraordin­ary Dora Walker. Born in West Yorkshire and educated at Roedean, she suffered with serious bronchial problems and moved to Whitby on medical advice during World War II. But she was not a woman to let anything stand in her way: she bought her own boat, took up fishing and qualified and acted as a pilot for boats through the minefields. She was the only woman skipper to hold her licence in the North Sea throughout the Second World War. Emma says: ‘I really wanted to celebrate Whitby’s rich fishing history and the people associated with it, like Sutcliffe, whose photos I love, and the brilliant and remarkable Dora Walker, a female pioneer whose story really should be more wellknown.’ At time of writing, Emma was putting the finishing touches to her net-mending and ganseyknit­ting figures, which should be installed by the time you read this, with other sculptures due to be in place before Christmas. Emma Stothard’s Whitby Sculpture Trail will be accompanie­d by an app which will help visitors to find out more about the subjects of each of the artworks. Regular readers of Yorkshire Life may recall that, last month, we told you about some of the fabulous and rare trees that can be found in the Glen at Scarboroug­h’s Peasholm Park. Now you can find out more about them, and other parks and gardens on the coast, using another app developed by Scarboroug­h Borough Council: Love Exploring. It includes informatio­n about activities, events and trails in Peasholm Park, plus an augmented reality game in which you can meet dinosaurs, fairies and other creatures all at a touch of a button on your phone. Currently the app is available in Peasholm Park in Scarboroug­h and Pannett Park in Whitby, where there is a dinosaur augmented reality trail featuring dinosaurs that have particular connection­s to Whitby Museum. N For more informatio­n on what’s on across the Yorkshire Coast and the North York Moors this month, please visit discoveryo­rkshirecoa­st. com and yorkshire.com or call the Tourism Bureau on 01723 383636. BELOW: In situ: Emma’s Fishwife sculpture is quite at home by the harbour in Whitby 102 Yorkshire Life: October 2020 Š

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