John Craven was delighted when he heard the news, commenting, "It’s a well-deserved winner. The abbey ruins dominate my favourite coastal town. When I was a boy, my family rented a holiday cottage at the foot of the 199 steps that lead to it and I regularly climbed them just for fun. The view from the top is breath-taking; the setting couldn’t be more romantic."
Staff at Whitby Abbey are celebrating, too. Visitor operations manager, Jamie Marshall, comments, "We often get requests from nervous guys who ask us to put champagne on ice for them, as many prospective grooms chose Whitby Abbey as their chosen place to pop the question, but it is wonderful to have Whitby’s romance celebrated in this way – yet another reason for people to visit!".
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