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Whitby In Bloom Unveil 2018 Project

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Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:02am 7th March 2018.

Whitby In Bloom has unveiled it's Alice in Wonderland themed garden.

The £15,000 project has been funded by numerous people and organisations such as Sirus Minerals Foundation, NY Police and Crime Commissioner,2 riding Community Foundation, Joe Plant Locality grant, The Buck Inn, Vittus Cottages, Astins Property Group, Caedmon Lodge, White Rabbit Shop,  Mr J Garner, The Conservative Club Quiz and Curry and Coble Cottage.

The reason for the Alice in Wonderland theme is because Lewis Carroll (who's real name was Charles Dodgson) regularly visited the town and even based some of the book on Whitby. 

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On the West side of Whitby there is a blue plaque midway between The Royal Hotel and the Kirby flats on the building which is currently Le Rosa, a hotel and tea room where on the 26 November 2008 after a short ceremony the blue plaque was unveiled in memory of Lewis Carroll, who stayed there in rooms on seven visits.

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The garden is based at the top of Cliff Street car park with the aim of the project to give the area a new lease of life.

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In 2017, Whitby in Bloom was awarded a silver gilt in Britain in Bloom. 

Chair of Whitby in Bloom Amanda Smith said:

"Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) came and stayed in Whitby on numerous occasions and lots of parts of the Alice in Wonderland story originate from Whitby itself. 

For example the caucus race is believed to have been from Charles arranging a race for children around the Abbey, The Walrus and the Carpenter was written on our beach.

The organisation of this has taken too many hours to count. In all honesty, we started looking at it about four years ago and it will take us about six months to actually materialise it from this point on."

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