The first two decades of the 21st century have whizzed by! 
It doesn’t seem too long ago since we were celebrating the arrival of the new millennium. 
And now we are thinking about a brand new decade … hello, 2020! 
But, wait a minute … some folks say that 2020 is not the start of the new decade … confused? 
Are we celebrating far too early? 
As 2020 ends in the figure 0, can this really be counted as a year? 
After all, in our modern calendars, there isn’t a year zero. 
So what do we do? Do a search on the Internet and there are heaps of explanations. 
Here at the Riviera Guesthouse, we just want to keep it simple … we’ll be celebrating the New Year and therefore the new decade at midnight on the 31st December 2019! 
To us, a year with an 0 at the end of it seems nice and even … a bit like a birthday ending in an 0 … you know what we mean! 
There are also heaps of things to commemorate and celebrate in 2020 and here’s our handy guide to just a handful of them … 
17th January: It is 200 years since novelist Anne born. She wrote two novels: Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and both were ahead of their time in terms of female protagonists. 
Anne is laid to rest in nearby Scarborough and her gravestone stands there to this day. 
29th February: It’s a Leap Year … that means an extra day on 29th. 
8th May: 75 years since Victory in Europe Day … this will be marked by a Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May. 
11th May: 200 years since the launch of The Beagle, Charles Darwin’s ship. Darwin wrote ‘The Origin of the Species’ , theorising about the evolution of human beings. 
It’s an Olympic Year … Tokyo will host the 32nd modern Olympic Games from 24th July to 9th August. 
July: Can you believe it is 35 years since the first Back to the Future film was released in the USA? The UK release was in December of the same year (1985), back in the day before the Internet made the world even smaller and events like the above became more or less a thing of the past! 
20th August: 80 years since one of the best known British Prime Ministers, Sir Winston Churchill, delivered his famous speech, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” 
September: four centuries since the first Mayflower set sail. For those who aren’t sure what this signifies, it was an English ship that transported the first Puritans (today we know them as Pilgrims) from England to the New World, or the shores of the USA. The 102 passengers and a crew of around 30 set sail across the North Atlantic in September and they arrived at present-day Cape Cod on 9th November 1620. 
Due to illness and the winter weather, the passengers didn’t disembark until the following year when they built huts along the shoreline. 
20th September: 75 years since the official the end of World War Two. 
2nd October: the 95th anniversary of John Logie Baird performing the first test of a working TV system. The world has never been the same! 
Most of these anniversaries still have relevance to us all today … milestones that formed history or changed our culture forever. 
For Whitby, there is a busy year ahead with the usual key events taking place such as the Steampunk event in February, Whitby Goth Weekend in April, the Northern Soul Weekender in July and the Regatta in August. Oh, and remember to double check any dates of events before you book anything, just in case there are any last minute changes. 
Of course, there are lots of other events taking place and we’ve got a handy What’s On page that we update regularly. However, the main thing for us about a new year, or a new decade, is that it gives us another 12 months to welcome our guests to our home. Finally, we wish everyone a very happy New Year/Decade/Year Zero (tick as appropriate). 
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