The name of the coastal town of Whitby in North Yorkshire will conjure up different images for different people. Those with an iota of medieval historical background will see the atmospheric ruins of Whitby Abbey associated with Hilda and the momentous Synod of 664. Gastronomically savvy folk might salivate for Whitby's famous fish and chips! Those who are linked with the Pacific will associate Whitby with explorer James Cook, perceived as a founding father in many island and Pacific-rim nations. And those who appreciate jewellery may make the connection with Whitby jet, prized for thousands of years, worn by Romans, traded by Vikings, and selected for mourning by Queen Victoria. This small fishing port has many stories to tell!