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In pictures: Thousands take part in Whitby Goth Weekend

Colourful costumes abounded as revellers enjoyed the twice-yearly event on the weekend before Halloween.

Thousands of people have taken part in the Whitby Goth Weekend.

The gathering took place ahead of Halloween.

The seaside town has been hosting the now twice-yearly event since 1994, and has become a hotspot for goths from around the world.

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The seaside town is where Bram Stoker found some of his inspiration for Dracula after he stayed there in 1890 (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The chilling scene where Count Dracula first sets foot on English soil – in the guise of a black dog – is set in Whitby (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The festival has been a twice-yearly event since 1997, with the other event taking place to mark the start of springtime in April (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The influx provides a timely boost for the seaside town, bringing an estimated £1.1 million into the town’s coffins… sorry, coffers (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The event is host to people from a number of sub-cultures, including steampunk enthusiasts as well as people in a variety of costumes from the world of books, comics, film and TV (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The festival has welcomed acts such as Aurelio Voltaire and Sigue Sigue Sputnik (Danny Lawson/PA)
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The event is being run in co-operation with the Bram Stoker Estate (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Talking a walk in the church grounds (Danny Lawson/PA)
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Night falls on Whitby (Danny Lawson/PA)

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