The art of darkness: Thousands descend on quiet English seaside town for festival celebrating Goth culture


The biannual Whitby Goth Weekend attracts people from all over UK 
Event held in Whitby as town was where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula
Spooky: Goths Heath Waller and his daughter Meagan, 10, pose during the Goth festival in Whitby
A quiet seaside town was besieged by thousands of Goths at the weekend during a unique festival that celebrates the art of darkness. 
Goths, romantics and macabre fans travelled over the moors to Whitby, which has become their spiritual home. 
The town in North Yorkshire was chosen because it was where Bram Stoker wrote the gothic classic Dracula.
Armour: Liam Murray was dressed in an elaborate costume when he visited the festival
Zombie walk: The festival in Whitby is now in its 19th year and attracts around ten thousand people
Glamorous Goths: Artist Anne Sudworth, left, and festival goer Tara Price, right, strike a pose 
  It is filled with Goth landmarks including Whitby Abbey, which is said to be the inspiration behind Dracula's castle.
The Whitby Goth Weekend is currently in its 19th year and is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world.
Since being launched in 1994, the event has become so popular it is held twice a year. 
Festival founder Jo Hampshire said the town is 'the heart' of the event.
Piercing: Tara Price shows off her nose, lip, cheek and eyebrow studs
Eye-catching: The festival celebrates Goth culture including the music and fashion styles that grew from Punk
Bleak scenery: Rex Beck, left, and Scarlet Readman-Riley, right, dress up in full Goth costume





Colourful: Festival goers show there is more to Goth fashion than just wearing black