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A century ago the North Eastern Railway ran the train services through Filey and Hunmanby. Twenty-five of their busier stations boasted beautiful tiled maps, depicting the network of the North Eastern Railway. Sadly, the vast majority have been lost, but nine survivors can be viewed at Beverley, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Saltburn, Scarborough, Tynemouth, York and Whitby. […]

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Our friends at Filey Bay 1779 have recently posted a wonderful piece illustrating the heroic role of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Flamborough Head. The actions of the two Royal Navy ships, out-numbered two to one and out-gunned, in protecting the valuable convoy they were escorting has often been lost in all the […]

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A new book delving into Filey’s rich fishing heritage has been recently published. Its focus is primarily the fishing families of the town over the last two hundred years. The near five hundred page book is the result of years of research by Irene Allen and Andrew Todd. Entitled, Filey: Fishing, Faith and Family Since […]

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The flag of Kirkcudbrightshire is flying in Filey’s Memorial Gardens during the month of July to celebrate the growing links between the town and the John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum in Kirkbean, which is situated in the South Western Scottish county of Kirkcudbrightshire. The famous ‘American’ captain was actually born in Kirkbean, Scotland, before joining the […]

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During September last year a curious flag was flown from the flagpole of the White Lodge Hotel. It proved to be a huge talking point among locals and visitors alike. The hotel staff found themselves being bombarded with questions as to what the flag represented. The flag in question was the so-called Serapis flag. Fashioned […]

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We are currently in the midst of War Graves Week. Organised by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) the event is designed to highlight the work of the commission in the United Kingdom. Although perhaps best known for their work in tending the huge cemeteries in the former battlefields of the Great War in France […]

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In September a United States Navy warship is scheduled to visit Filey Bay. It is part of the commemorations of the historic Battle of Flamborough Head, which occurred during the American Revolutionary War of 1779. The battle is taught in every US school and John Paul Jones, the Scottish-born captain of the American ship the Bonhomme […]

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Although the Duke of Edinburgh never officially visited Filey, he will have undoubtedly been familiar with the town, both personally and professionally as a naval officer. As the nation pays a fond farewell to Her Majesty the Queen’s consort, we investigate his links to Filey, through his mother’s holidays in the town, to the Duke’s […]

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We’ve previously pondered who was Filey’s most famous visitor during its heyday as a high-class resort. But, who was the wealthiest visitor? It’s probably an impossible task, especially given that Britain during the nineteenth century was the world’s industrial powerhouse. Additionally, how do you measure wealth? Many of the landed families would have been asset […]

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Dramatic depictions of naval battles and coastal scenes have often been used to attract visitors to the British seaside. Therefore, it is no surprise to learn that the Battle of Flamborough Head was used by the London and North Eastern Railway Company (LNER) on one of its travel posters during the 1930s. These posters would […]

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