Whitby whalebones to be hotel feature

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Whitby‘s historic whalebones are set to become a major feature at a luxury hotel on the Yorkshire coast following a two-year appeal to find them a home.

The iconic 19ft arch, which was replaced on the town’s West Cliff by a new set of bones in 2003, will go on show at Raithwaite Hall, near Sandsend, after it was chosen as the new custodian following a last-ditch attempt to find a buyer after an online auction had to be abandoned.

The hotel owners, the Skelwith Group, secured the whalebones after pledging to make a “sizeable donation” to a local charity.

The leisure group also says it will pick up the tab for any storage and transport costs.

Paul Ellis, managing director of Skelwith Leisure, said: “Whitby’s old whalebones are an extremely important historical artefact.

“We are delighted to be able to give them a new home and put them back on public display.”

The weathered bones were being stored at a building firm in the town.

The company agreed to look after them when an earlier appeal to find new owners failed to attract any interest following the closure of Whitby Archives, where they were originally on display.

The building firm had listed the bones on eBbay after being given permission to dispose of them when no one came forward. However the auction site pulled the listing.