Demon ‘run­ners’ en­ter­tain as Kram­pus vis­its sea­side town

Yorkshire Post - - REGIONAL NEWS -

A MYTH­I­CAL beast that is said to be the dark coun­ter­part of Saint Ni­cholas has been cel­e­brated in Whitby.

The Kram­pus Run, which has be­come an an­nual fes­tive tra­di­tion in the an­cient port, is themed around the “half-goat, half-demon” from Euro­pean folk­lore who ap­pears be­fore Christ­mas and pun­ishes chil­dren who have been badly-be­haved.

Dozens of peo­ple in elab­o­rate horned masks pa­raded through Whitby, as spec­ta­tors lined the streets for the char­ity event.

While the leg­end goes that naughty chil­dren are car­ried off in back­packs, young­sters in Whitby en­joyed face paint­ing, drum­ming and art work­shops.

The in­au­gu­ral Kram­pus Run was in 2015, and crowd num­bers have been ris­ing ev­ery year since.

The pa­rade be­gan at the bot­tom of the 199 steps lead­ing up to Whitby Abbey, on Church Street, and ended in Mar­ket Place, with a street col­lec­tion along the route for the Whitby Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.

Adults also en­joyed the Kram­pus Ball, which raised a to­tal of £1,680 in ticket sales that will be handed over to the St Cather­ine’s Hos­pice, while raf­fle funds were do­nated to Whitby and Scar­bor­ough Dog Res­cue.

PIC­TURES: RICHARD PONTER

KRAM­PUS IS COM­ING: Crea­tures meet on­look­ers in Whitby dur­ing The Kram­pus Run, an an­nual fes­tive tra­di­tion in the town themed around the half-goat, half-demon myth­i­cal crea­ture.

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