Three woollen bonnets

As a documentary photographer I carry my camera(s) with me everywhere I go. Having one with me all the time is now part of me and if I don’t have it for some reason then it just doesn’t feel right somehow and I feel anxious or out of kilter. I photograph much of what I see. Good and bad. Hopefully I do it with respect to those I photograph and show with honesty the life and events that surround us all. It’s what I do as my profession and in my spare time and it defines who I am.

Alongside this and something that is unknown to anyone, even those that are closest to me, is that I have also carried with me a small knitted woollen bonnet that I stored in either my camera bag or my pouches when I carried my camera gear.

The bonnet belonged to my daughter Rose. Three years ago she was born far too early at 24 weeks as a result of a placental abruption in my partner Sara and after an all too brief battle with life she died an hour or so after her arrival. I wrote about it HERE and the bonnet she was dressed in when we saw her for the last time at the hospital is the one I carry with my cameras.

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Twenty one weeks ago we decided to try again. As was the case with Rose the only option was to go down the route of IVF.  Sara has a medical condition that means this was the only viable option for her to try to become pregnant and so, as those who have gone through IVF treatment will know all too well, we once again started down an emotional roller coaster of a road that was always going to be long, difficult and full of hurdles.

After the initial procedure to extract and fertilise the eggs two successfully fertilised embryos were then re-introduced to give a greater chance of one of them working.

 

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After the IVF procedure had been done and before a pregnancy test was carried out a few days later there followed a continuous requirement for injections and tablets to try and give the introduced embryos a greater chance of succeeding and then if it did work the use of these drugs was to continue to allow the pregnancy to develop as it should.

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When the test was done it came back positive showing Sara to be pregnant. Following a confirmatory scan at the hospital we were then told the surprising news that she was in fact pregnant with twins. This is something that there is an increased chance of with IVF but it still comes as a bit of a surprise!

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Hormone injections then followed every other day and with the previous history of placental abruption further tablets and pessaries were also needed along with a blood thinner called Enoxaparin that was injected daily which reduced the risk of it happening again. The results of all these injections was an ever increasing array of bruising stretching over her stomach and thighs.

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About four weeks in to the pregnancy problems started to arise and Sara was taken into hospital in severe pain. One of the effects of IVF treatment can be over stimulation of the ovaries and which can cause cysts to form. This is what happened here and in turn this then caused the kidney function to be disrupted as the pressure on them increased and the natural function of the kidneys was affected. As a result she started to go into kidney failure.

The only way to resolve this problem and to try and avoid having to use a kidney dialysis machine was to carry out a nephrostomy. This operation involves inserting a tube through the side of the body to drain urine directly from the kidney and out into a bag which is attached to the outside of the body. Sara had a double-nephrostomy so there was a bag attached to either side for each Kidney to drain into.

This set of circumstances is very unusual. Doctors at James Cook Hospital informed us that this was only the tenth known case in the country that this set of circumstances had occurred – blocked kidney function due to IVF treatment – and that it was the first time that they had ever seen it at this hospital. Needless to say it was a long and difficult process to try and find a workable resolution to this whilst at the same time trying maintain what was already going to be a difficult pregnancy.

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Through the weeks that followed there were many trips to the hospital due to infections caused by the attached wires of the nephrostomy procedure. There were numerous trips to the ‘out of hours‘ GP clinic to seek advice and treatment. There were understandable delays in treatment at these clinics because of the complicated circumstances surrounding the pregnancy. There were long and frustrating nights spent sitting in A and E listening to drunken or drugged up arseholes moaning on about how bad they were feeling as we waited to be treated. There were endless blood tests. Catheters fitted and removed. Leaking bags and an endless stream of prescriptions that needed to be filled. Constant pain.

By way of an example below is a breakdown of some of the numbers and statistics from over the last 21 weeks…

A and E visits – 5

Hospital stays – 4 (The longest one being 3 weeks)

Calls to the 101 out of hours service – 4 (Three times in one day)

Visits to the out of hours GP – 3

Ambulance trips – 2

Medical staff working on the case – 7 consultants, 1 doctor and 1 midwife

Ultrasounds carried out – Unknown (Too many to remember)

Blood tests carried out – 50

Cannula’s inserted during the first three weeks – 26 (Around 40 in total)

Drugs used – Morphine, paracetamol, Enoxaparin, Tramadol, anti-biotics, codeine, IV drips

Associated infections – Strep B, Gastroenteritis, Gastritis, bladder retention, Renal failure, unknown allergic reaction to one of the drugs, ongoing UTI’s (urinary tract infections)

 

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There were many frustrations. There were times when we went for many hours without any sleep. I think the longest I went was around 60 hours or so. There were many, many times when sleep was disrupted in order to change one or both of the nephrostomy bags as they leaked or didn’t drain properly through the night. She suffered incredible pain at times due to the infections that came because of the bags. Forced to sleep in only one position each night because of the placement of the bags she suffered back problems and aches and pains that was not the level of disruption and stress any pregnant woman needs.

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Throughout all of this and almost in the background, almost secondary to all the nephrostomy related issues was the pregnancy itself. The scans showed good progress as the twins – now both identified as girls – continued to grow as they should be and with this a slow and restrained confidence began to develop as we thought that things might work out this time round. But we also knew that all this strain and effort by the body to deal with all these issues was a difficult task and one that was taking its toll.

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On the morning of Wednesday 29 July Sara noticed some bleeding so we went to the hospital to get checked out at the maternity assessment unit. A check-up revealed that all seemed to be in order and that there might be some indications of another small infection but generally all seemed ok. So relieved that it wasn’t more serious we headed off for the day. At home later that evening Sara’s water broke and she was immediately taken by ambulance into hospital where we then spent a long and sleepless night waiting to see how things would turn out but knowing things didn’t look good.

The waters had broken for one of the babies but the other one remained intact. However we knew that with twins if one started to deliver then it is very unusual for the other to remain in the womb and not be delivered as well so as the pains and cramps started to become more regular through the early morning it became an inevitable and sad reality that this wasn’t going to go well.

On the morning of Thursday 30 July at 05.50 hrs and 06.21 hrs respectively and arriving prematurely at 21 weeks Martha and Isabelle made an all too brief appearance and at the same time caused a lasting impact on the world. On our world at least.

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The journey through the IVF treatment and the associated difficulties had once again reached a sad and devastating conclusion. Despite the best efforts of so many medical staff along the way and despite the bravery and determination of Sara and her ability to endure discomfort and pain levels so high and for such a long period of time that I was constantly in awe of how she did it there were just too many obstacles in the way. But she never stopped fighting despite all that faced her.

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So once again we found ourselves sitting in a small and quiet room in a side ward at James Cook Hospital. Listening as we waited to the hum of an air conditioner and the muffled sounds of hospital life going on around us. Waiting for something that you hoped you would never have to go through again.

For a small basket to be brought into the room and laid in front of us.

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This time we looked down at two tiny and beautiful but heart wrenching faces huddled together and wrapped in a swath of soft blankets.

The noise of the air conditioner had gone. As had the sounds of the hospital.

I now carry three woollen bonnets in my camera bag.

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In memory of Martha & Isabelle

Born 30 July 2015

I would like to express our thanks to Mr Mohammed from the IVF clinic who throughout this journey has consistently gone way above and beyond what he needed to do and to all his staff at the department. To the midwives, nurses and doctors who have all helped along the way and shown total professionalism (apart from one nurse from one of the wards who was a shameful embarrassment to the NHS and the medical profession but this is not the place to vent those issues). To the ambulance crews and paramedics who came and assisted so speedily with getting Sara into hospital. To the on-call doctor who gave us a steer on how to by-pass NHS procedure in order to get through A and E quicker. To friends and family who have offered their support along the way.  We appreciate all your efforts. You’re good people.

And most of all to Sara. You never stopped fighting.

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All images were shot on a Leica M9 fitted with a 50mm f2 Summicron lens.

Photographs were edited into black and white using Lightroom 5.

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Borrowby Country Show and Gymkhana

First held in  1949 the Borrowby Country Show and Gymkhana is now a regular feature in the show calendar in North Yorkshire. The popularity of this show seems to be growing and with plenty of youngsters getting involved today hopefully the future of these smaller but no less important shows will remain secure helping to promote agricultural, equestrian and farming traditions for a few years to come.

Here’s a few pictures from today…

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Sunderland International Air Show – 2015

Running over three days on and above the seafronts at Roker and Seaburn on the north east coast of England the Sunderland International Air show is the largest free airshow in Europe and brings together an impressive display of aircraft from across the world to entertain the thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the annual event.

Below are a few pictures from when I went along on Saturday…

 

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The 50th Masham Steam Engine Rally

This weekend sees the 50th annual Masham Steam Engine Rally in North Yorkshire.

The fair which began in 1965 saw over forty steam traction engines, thirty miniature steam engines and displayed commercial vehicles, vintage and classic cars and tractors to the hundreds of visitors who attended the weekend long event.

 

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Last Day – Great Yorkshire Show 2015

So after three days the Great Yorkshire Show  came to an end today. I went along and covered the first day (pictures can be seen here) and today and a few of the pictures I shot can be seen below…

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First day – Great Yorkshire Show 2015

England’s premier agricultural show opened it’s gates today for the start of three days of showcasing the best in British farming and the countryside.

The event, which attracts over 130,000 visitors each year displays the cream of the country’s livestock and offers numerous displays and events giving the opportunity for visitors to see many different countryside activities.

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Nagar Kirtan

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough today with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions.

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Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough, Cleveland with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions. Nagar Kirtan is a Punjabi term signifying the neighbourhood singing of Shabads or divine hymns.

 

 

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The real Northern Powerhouse

More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham Coalfield the Durham Miners Gala or the ‘Big Meeting’ as the event is also known remains as popular as ever. The Gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England. The 131st gala held today saw the traditional colliery bands marching through the city ahead of their banners before passing the County Hotel and heading down to the Racecourse. In the early years of the meet those attending left their villages early in the morning and then made their way on foot to Durham from all directions but these days people either drive or arrive on buses.

Beginning in 1871 the Gala is now the biggest trade union event in Europe and many thousands of people still meet up in the market place of the city to follow their banner and pass the County Hotel on Old Elvet as they walk past union leaders, invited guests and local dignitaries who greet the march from the hotel balcony.

Once all the bands have passed through speeches are held on the racecourse. Amongst those speaking this year or joining to march with the procession (and shown in some of the pictures below) were Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall. Tosh McDonald, the president of ASLEF – The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen – and Owen Jones, a columnist with the Guardian newspaper and political activist and many more.

The contemporary artist Grayson Perry also attended. Visiting the gala as part of a documentary he is making and the actor Alun Armstrong, the son of a miner and originally from Anfield Plain in County Durham stood on the County Hotel balcony.

More importantly though than all of these guests and trade union speakers and their rhetoric are the men, women and children who attend the miners gala each year without fail and who make the event the occasion that it is. These people and the pride in the mining heritage of the region is where the real northern powerhouse is to be found: The group of ladies who arrive very, very early each year to secure the same place on the steps near the market place who start the day with strawberries and pink champagne.

To Nora Newby, a wonderful 81 year old from Chilton who has attended 60 out of the last 61 gala’s who arrives at around 6am on the morning of gala day to stand in the same spot each year. The missed year was so that she could attend her granddaughters wedding! An unfortunate tongue-in-cheek fact that she reminds (scolds) her granddaughter of often.

Former miner Billy Raine, 89, from Easington is a regular who entertains the crowds outside the County Hotel wearing his orange coveralls and miners hat as he dances and salutes as the bands perform and of course the thousands more who attend but especially the colliery bands and the former miners and miners wives who make this occasion what it is and who help create an event that continues to bring well over 100,000 people back year after year. Long may it continue.

CLICK to listen and recorded today: Gresford – The Miners Hymn

To keep the Durham Big Meet going any contributions and support are welcome through the Friends of Durham Miners Gala website.

 

Some of the pictures that I shot from the day are below. Enjoy Marra.

 

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Style is Eternal

The Yves Saint Laurent ‘Style is Eternal‘ exhibition was launched last night with a party for invited guests within the grandeur of the French Chateau styled Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle in County Durham.

The exhibition of classic Yves Saint Laurent designer clothing is appearing in the United Kingdom for the first time after being brought over from Paris and presented fifty items including some of the fashion designers most iconic garments from the Russian Collection, the Mondrian dresses and the Tuxedo.

The legendary French designer launched his own fashion house with co-owner and partner Pierre Berge in 1962 and became a major influence in the fashion world. He retired in 2002 and died in 2008. Pierre Berge (pictured below) formerly opened the exhibition which runs at the museum until 25 October.

 

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Redcar Land Sailing Regatta

Land sailing events in Redcar date back as far as 1909 and the sport still maintains a strong following of enthusiasts who travel all over the country to compete in various events. This weekend saw the Redcar regatta take place which is held on the wide open sandy beach of Coatham Sands…

 

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Duncombe Park Steam Rally

Held in the picturesque grounds of Duncombe Park near Helmsley in North Yorkshire the Duncombe Park Steam Rally attracts over 40 full sized steam engines along with miniature engines, commercial vehicles, tractors, vintage cars and motorcycles and a large array of trade stands and entertainment. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event that runs over the weekend…

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Looking at the clouds

Hundreds of people marked the Summer Solstice at the ancient stone circle at Castlerigg near Keswick this morning. Many had gathered there the evening before and spent the night amongst the stones. Unfortunately for the gathered crowds the sun didn’t make an appearance due to the heavy cloud cover but despite this those that made the trip to this ancient site seemed to make the most of the time they spent there.

I went up there the afternoon before and spent that evening, through the night and into this morning photographing some of those who were there…

 

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COMING SOON…My new book!

I’m delighted to announce that my new book – ‘Coast People – Life on the north east coast’ has gone to print and will be available soon.

Coast People‘ is a photo-book that tells the story of a stretch of British coastline from the area known as South Gare at the mouth of the river Tees, south, to Flamborough Head in North Yorkshire in a set of 190 black and white images and brings to a conclusion a project that I began back in 2009.

Over the following years I have tried to put together a collection of personal images of the people who live and work on this characteristically industrial, but deeply cultured, stretch of coastline and of those who simply visit the coast for their own recreation.

Covering more than 85 miles of coastline and over 16 coastal towns the photos explore the relationships between the commercial and industrial and the day to day activities that form the unique heritage of England’s North East coast.

Throughout this project I have discovered some of the steadfast seafaring traditions that intertwine with the modern ways residents and visitors harness the North Sea for profit, for their livelihoods and for recreation. I’ve also been able to explore parts of the coast that I might otherwise not have known about and I’ve met some great people along the way and ultimately gained a wider understanding of this important part of our culture and heritage.

Shooting in my own documentary style and showing the light hearted humour that characterises the north east I hope this book illustrates that the coast and its heritage are a spectacular asset that must be protected for years to come.

The Yorkshire Post and the Gazette both ran a piece about the book which can be seen on their websites here and here or below in the cuttings and some of the pictures from the book can be seen after that.

I will post further information on availability as it gets nearer the release date.

The softback photo-book (ISBN 978-1-78091-507-4) is 156mm x 234mm with a single picture on each page and is retailing at £14.99 (P&P if required is not included).

It will be available in print from various bookshops across the region and can be ordered online here on….

 

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Updates on ‘Coast People‘ will be posted here, on my Facebook page or on my Twitter page using the hashtag #coastpeople

Feel free to email me at: ianforsyth2003@yahoo.co.uk to reserve your copy and as usual questions and feedback are always welcome.

 

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Durham Regatta

Durham Regatta has its origins in the annual procession of boats, originally organised by the Sheriff of County Durham and the Rt. Hon. William Lloyd Wharton, in June 1815 to celebrate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The event included the firing of cannon and a meal with beer for those who had fought in the battle.

The annual procession of boats continued for many years, but Durham Regatta in its present form dates back to 1834, with racing taking place over two days on the River Wear between Prebends Bridge and Pelaw Wood over a 750m short course and a long course over one and a quarter miles.

The regatta is the second oldest in the country, preceded only by Chester Regatta and pre-dates the Henley Regatta by 5 years. It is expected to attract around two thousand competitors from across the United Kingdom and bring in around and ten thousand spectators through the weekend.

The 182nd Durham Regatta took place this weekend so I went along on Saturday and shot a few pictures…

 

 

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Appleby Horse Fair

The Appleby Horse Fair is an annual gathering for Gypsy, Romany and the travelling communities. The event has existed under the protection of a charter granted by James II since 1685 and it remains one of the key meeting points for these communities. Around 10,000 travellers are expected to attend the week long event who traditionally come to buy and sell horses.

 

 

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Middlesbrough Mela

The 25th Middlesbrough Mela was held this weekend offering an opportunity for the people of the town to celebrate the diversity of the multi-cultural communities in the town…

 

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Exercise ‘Medical Challenge’

Doctors, nurses and medical staff from throughout the North East put their medical skills to the test Army style today as they took part in Exercise ‘Medical Challenge’.

The competition, which attracted participation from over 200 medical and support staff, was designed to give the medics and their NHS trusts and universities an insight into the medical role of the Reserve Forces. The teams took part in specially created military scenarios involving rescue missions and medical emergencies.

The civilian medics were able to sample a brief part of life under the extreme conditions within which the military often operates. During the day they were put to the test on a wide range of scenarios which included: Boat casualty rescue on the River Tyne, aid to a casualty under fire, rescuing of casualties and investigation skills, static helicopter emergency medical drills.

Participants included staff from Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Newcastle Faculty of Medicine.

Assisted by many of the Reserve units throughout the North East including Infantry, Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Gunners and Royal Marines, the exercise took place in Nunsmoor Park in Newcastle Upon Tyne and was organised and run by 201 (Northern) Field Hospital, an Army Reserve unit based at Fenham Barracks in the city.

 

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Balloons and Tunes

Stewart Park played host to the Balloons and Tunes festival this weekend in Middlesbrough. The event brought together an array of hot air balloons that were tethered to the ground through the event and whilst blustery conditions made it difficult for the balloons to operate for too long a few of them still managed it through the day and they all had more success as evening approached and the wind dropped allowing the ‘Night Glow’ event to take place.

This saw the balloons firing their burners in a choreographed display alongside music and was quite dramatic to see. Along with the balloons there were fairground rides in abundance and a number of popular tribute acts including Rihanna, Pink and Beyonce performed at certain times through the day for the thousands of visitors who attended the festival.

 

 

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Duncombe Park Country Fair

Took a trip along to the Duncombe Park Country Fair in Helmsley today for a few hours. Set in the grounds of one of Yorkshire’s most historic houses and estates this annual one-day event which was formed in 1982 celebrates all aspects of the countryside and is billed as the original country fair of Yorkshire.

On the list of things to see today were the hounds that were brought in from various hunts around the region and from across the country and which were shown in one of the arenas as well as a small selection that followed a tail across the fields. The pony and horse events of course were a regular feature as well as archery, clowns, the riding skills of the Equestrian Theatre Scotland, fly-fishing and loads more all set in the spectacular grounds of the park. So check it out next year you won’t be disappointed….

Here’s a few from this morning:

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Pickering Game and Country Fair

One of the first country shows in North Yorkshire took place over this weekend as the Pickering Game and Country show got underway. Set in acres of parkland close to the North Yorkshire Moors this annual event celebrates all aspects of the countryside and offers an opportunity for visitors to watch and experience much of what living and working in the countryside has to offer…here’s a few pictures from today…

 

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