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In pictures: Whitby Steampunk Weekend

Whitby Steampunk Weekend Image copyright Nigel Whittington‎
Image caption The three-day festival attracts people wearing pseudo-Victorian costumes

Hundreds of people from around the UK have taken part in the Whitby Steampunk Weekend.

The festival at Whitby Pavilion featured fire breathing, cabaret and martial arts for Victorian gentlemen.

Organisers said the aim of the event - called Beyond The Sea - was "to welcome splendid people", and have fun.

Steampunk has been described as "nostalgia for what never was" and draws on a wide variety of influences from HG Wells to comics.

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Image caption Steampunk draws on a wide variety of influences from HG Wells to comics
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Image caption The biannual event in Whitby was launched in February
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Image caption This time around, people were treated to a spot of fire-eating
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Image caption Whitby is known for its biannual Goth Weekend, which began in 1994
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Image caption The Wilberforcian Steampunk Corporation from Hull posed for photos beneath the Whitby Whale Bone
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Image caption Youngsters were also keen to get dressed up for the event
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Image caption Goggles are used as a way of protecting eyes from all the steam-powered machinery in operation
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Image caption Organisers said the event was about having fun and "looking splendid"
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Image caption In previous years, steampunks have attended many of the Gothic Weekend events
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Image caption The town is closely associated with Bram Stoker's Gothic novel, Dracula

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