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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Legend of the Penny Hedge

Lol Hodgson, the Baliff of the Manor of Fyling carries out the ancient Penny Hedge tradition in Whitby.

The beginnings of this ancient custom that dates back to around 1159 are unclear but some say it was penance for the accidental killing of a hermit who was a monk at the abbey. Others say it was to mark a safe landing place or to mark a ‘garth’ or enclosure or simply as a way to keep out animals.

Whatever the origins this now symbolic custom takes place each year on the eve of Ascension Day on the banks of the River Esk in Whitby. The hedge is constructed with nine upright hazel stakes driven into the mud with an ancient mallet and nine ‘tethers’ or pliant branches to intertwine the stakes.

On completion of the hedge three blasts are sounded on an ancient horn and the cry of “Out on Ye” is repeated by the bailiff.

 

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Lol Hodgson, the Baliff of the Manor of Fyling carries the hazel branches down to the waters edge as a crowd looks on…

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Construction of the Penny Hedge begins as the tide comes in fast…

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An ancient mallet is used to drive the branches into the mud…

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On completion of the hedge, Moira Clarke from Stokesley, stands in to blow the rams horn

after the man who was the planned ‘Horn Blower’ didn’t arrive for the ceremony.

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Grassroots

So it’s all over and normality has returned. Well normality might have returned if the leaders of three of the political parties hadn’t all resigned the morning after the count. Or if the Lib Dems hadn’t taken such a thrashing or if Labour hadn’t done pretty badly across a lot of the country or if the Conservatives hadn’t managed to defy all the odds as well as the poll forecasts and actually secure a majority victory. But yeah, apart from that normality has returned.

The election rhetoric and the speeches, the promises, the declarations, the endless sound bytes, the tit-for-tat argumentative blame game, the TV debates or non-debates, the celebrity endorsements, the canvassing, the bus tours, the scripted walkabouts, the ice-cream-eating-baby-hugging-school-visiting, the big buses, the pink buses, the frenzied clamour of the election machine may have ground to a halt, spluttered a little and then fallen silent but this election story is far from over.

The day when your door mat looked like a dumping ground for a colourful selection of wanted posters that stared up at you as you walked past may have passed but there is still a little way to run with this one. So once again we trust ourselves, willingly or otherwise, happily or reluctantly, eagerly or indifferently into the hands of the political leaders and jump, are dragged or are pushed onto the roundabout. So enjoy the ride. Wherever it may lead.

 

I began my #Grassroots photographic election coverage way back in February! Joining the Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley on a wet, cold and slushy door-knocking trip around Eston. Since then I’ve been to Dormanstown with Labour’s Dan Jarvis, attended the UKIP north east conference in Hartlepool. I visited a factory with Ed Balls and I’ve spent a whole day shooting in Horden and meeting some of the great people who live there before attending a UKIP public meeting in the town later in the evening. I walked around Redcar with Liz Kendall and went leaflet dropping with Chris Gallacher from UKIP in Coatham.

I photographed Ed Miliband on a visit to Redcar and went to the Stockton South constituency with Emma Reynolds and Louise Baldock. I went over to Sedgefield to take pictures of Tony and Cherie Blair at a train factory before climbing aboard ‘The Pink Bus’ with Harriet Harman. Then I went on a trip to Eaglescliffe for a visit by David Cameron and what had to have been the shortest factory tour of all time! I took pictures of Ed Balls eating an ice cream – the first of the election. I headed over to Dormanstown to shoot Hilary Benn as he walked around a garden and joined David Blunkett in Redcar town centre.

Staying in Redcar the soap actors were brought in by Labour to show support for the campaign and I spent one morning with David Neilson (aka Roy Cropper from Corrie!) as he visited the town. I met up with Justine Thornton, wife of Ed Miliband as she visited Thornaby and then a couple of days later Nigel Farage made a speech at the grand Hotel in Hartlepool. Things livened up a little after that as John Prescott visited a boxing club and climbed into the ring for a bit of sparring with a Channel 4 journalist.

Then I rolled into the polling day coverage on May 7 before later spending a long and sleepless night covering the Sunderland and then the Redcar counts as they took place.

So there we are, my election coverage has, for now anyway, come to an end so below I’ve put together a round up of some of my favourite pictures from those jobs and included some of the cuttings that were used as a result. There are also links to all my other #Grassroots blog posts at the bottom of the post.

 

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Below are some of the pictures that I’ve managed to find which featured in print and online with publications such as The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Times,  The Sun, The Irish Times, The Daily Mail, Sky News, BBC News, Daily Express, New Statesman, The Daily Mirror, London 24, Metro, New York Times, abc News, Illinois News…

 

 

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Grassroots – Day of Choices

Grassroots – Back in the Ring

Grassroots – Hartlepool 2

Grassroots – Justine Thornton

Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

Grassroots – Redcar 3

Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Day of choices

So the day finally arrived. Thursday 7th May 2015. Polling day.

All that remained was for the people to play their part. To make their way to the nearest polling station, mark their choice, stick it in the box and change the world. Or maybe not.

On assignment for Getty Images I covered a number of the polling stations around my area to get some generic ‘pictures of polling stations’ which all help to fill the media appetite on the lead up to the results coming in. Then later that evening I attended the count in Sunderland. For the past five elections Sunderland has been the first in the country to count the votes and declare its winners. So covering this was of interest. Late last night they were successful once again and returned three constituency results all before midnight. An incredible achievement when you consider all that must be done at a count to ensure accuracy.

But their well rehearsed and practiced machine worked well and the results showed Labour winning in all three of the constituencies. First across the post was Bridget Phillipson representing Houghton and Sunderland South. Behind her was Julie Elliot representing Sunderland Central and Sharon Hodgson of Washington and Sunderland West.

There were somewhere in the region of 100 media representatives accredited to attend the count. Photographers, Radio, TV – Even Eamonn Holmes and Fiona Bruce turned up so now you know it must have been an important event! To keep the floor of the count as clear as possible photographs from ground level were shot on a pool basis by Paul Kingston from North News and Pictures with everyone else confined to the balcony area. Whilst a little frustrating to not get the access I might want this is the way of it at times and it’s fair enough so I just had to shoot what I could from the position I was allowed in and see where it went from there.

Once Sunderland had come to an end I then headed down to photograph the count at Redcar and as the hours dragged by into the early morning the count finally finished and the Labour candidate Anna Turley was announced as the winner for the constituency.

So below are a few of my pictures from the day, and the evening, and the night and the errr morning! Twas a long day indeed!

 

 

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Grassroots – Back in the Ring

Grassroots – Hartlepool 2

Grassroots – Justine Thornton

Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

Grassroots – Redcar 3

Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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The Lady wears Pink

The Queen and Prince Andrew Duke of York attended the amalgamation parade of The Queen’s Royal Lancers and 9th/12th lancers (Prince of Wales’s) at Richmond Castle earlier today. The Queen, dressed appropriately given today’s other Royal news, took the Royal Salute in the historic castle grounds before inspecting and addressing the parade for the newly formed The Royal Lancers.

Members of the regiment and their families then had the opportunity to meet the Queen and despite the constant rain and chilly temperatures the gathered crowds remained in good spirits.

Covering the event for Getty Images as the Wire Picture Agency (WPA) Royal Rota pool photographer I got suited and booted and shot a few pictures…

 

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Grassroots – Back in the Ring

Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Prime Minister, Lord John Prescott joined Labour candidate Anna Turley on a visit to Redcar Amateur Boxing Club earlier today. The visit marks the start of the final weekend of Labour’s campaigning ahead of what is predicted to be the closest General Election in decades on May 7.  He then headed over to the Stockton South constituency where he joined Labour candidate Louise Baldock and gave a speech to party members and supporters in front of her campaign office.

On assignment for Getty Images here are a few of my pictures from the day…

 

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Grassroots – Hartlepool 2

Grassroots – Justine Thornton

Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

Grassroots – Redcar 3

Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Hartlepool 2

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party gave a speech to party members and supporters at The Grand Hotel in Hartlepool earlier today. He then visited Respondez a local call centre and had a brief tour of the facility and spoke with employees. The visit to this key marginal seat comes ahead of what is predicted to be one of the most closely fought General Elections in decades on May 7.

On assignment for Getty Images I covered his speech and the visit as I continue with the election coverage here in the north east.

 

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Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

Grassroots – Redcar 3

Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Justine Thornton

Justine Thornton, the wife of Ed Miliband, Leader of the The Labour Party visited the Redcar and Thornaby South constituencies today to support the Labour candidates Anna Turley in Redcar and Louise Baldock in Stockton South.

The day started with a visit to a locally based charity called The Junction. The charity offers support to a large number of vulnerable children in some of the most socially disadvantaged communities. The visit came as her husband gave a speech in Stockton earlier in the day ahead of what is predicted to be one of the most closely fought General Elections in decades on May 7.

She then went to the Carers Together advice group in the town. The group offers help and assistance to carers by offering advice on benefits, housing, health problems, training and employment. Whilst there she had the chance to visit a small garden area that had been created by the members and chat with some of the group.

After leaving Redcar she then headed to the Stockton South constituency to meet up with candidate Louise Baldock and met with campaign volunteers and party members before joining Louise canvassing some of the local homes in the area.

On assignment for Getty Images I was given exclusive access to document the events of the day and whilst these things are all stage managed to a degree and photographers and the wider media are generally ‘used’ by the various parties to try and get their respective messages across, especially so at election times, the challenge I find is to try and get some nice shots from what can be fairly benign events.

Here’s a few from today…

 

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Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

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Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Bit of Corrie

Coronation Street actor, David Neilson, who plays Roy Cropper in the ITV soap joined Labour candidate Anna Turley in Redcar today to show his support for the party in the lead up to the general election. 

During the visit they visited the charity café ‘ Something in Mind ‘ in the town and chatted with staff and customers before going out on a campaign walkabout to meet prospective voters.

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Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Redcar 3

Veteran Labour politician and former Home Secretary, Education Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary in the previous Labour government, David Blunkett, campaigned in Redcar today with the Labour Party candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley as momentum continues to gather ahead of the General Election on May 7th.

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Grassroots – Down the Farm

Grassroots -Lemon Top

Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Down the Farm

The Shadow Communities Secretary Hilary Benn joined the Labour Party candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley on a visit to Westfield Farm  in Dormanstown, Redcar earlier today. The farm is a community training and resource centre that offers advice, guidance and training helping people get back into work.

The visit to a key marginal seat comes ahead of what is predicted to be the closest fought General Election for decades and which takes place on May 7.

 

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Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Lemon Top

The Labour Party Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls joined the party candidate for Redcar, Anna Turley yesterday on the seafront for a bit of a photo-call and to meet some of the Labour Party supporters. As is also traditional for those visiting Redcar he headed to Pacitto’s to grab a ‘Lemon-Top’ ice cream!

After the stop in Redcar he then headed to Conyers School in Yarm to meet up with the Stockton South candidate Louise Baldock. Here they met with 6th form students who were involved in a political debate based roughly on the ‘Question Time’ theme and were invited to join in.

The aim of the visit was to show support for the Labour campaign in key battleground seats ahead of what is predicted to be the closest fought General Election which takes place on May 7.

 

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 Conyers School, Yarm

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Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Eaglescliffe

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Icon Plastics in Eaglescliffe today. The extremely brief visit to the plastics manufacturing factory which is situated in the region’s most marginal constituency of Stockton South comes as part of the Conservative Party UK tour campaign ahead of the General Election on May 7th when Britain goes to the polls on what is predicted to be the country’s closest national election for two decades.

The Conservative Party MP James Wharton currently holds the Stockton South constituency after winning during the 2010 general election with a 332 majority.

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Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Election Train

Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Stockton

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Grassroots – Stockton

The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Deputy Prime Minister, Harriet Harman arrived in Stockton-on-Tees today to join the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Stockton South, Louise Baldock as they went for a wander around the High Street to try and gain support from shoppers.

The visit came as part of Labour’s campaign ahead of the General Election on May 7 which is predicted to be Britain’s closest national election. After the walkabout they jumped aboard the ‘Pink Bus’ and headed to Grangefield Youth and Community Centre to meet women voters to chat about the issues that they were concerned about ahead of the election.

On assignment for Getty Images I spent the day photographing the visit…

 

The Visit

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On the ‘Pink Bus’

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The Meeting

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Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Election Train

Former Prime Minister and MP for Sedgefield Tony Blair and his wife Cherie visited his old constituency today and gave a speech to Labour party members before visiting the construction site for the new Hitachi Trains Europe factory in Sedgefield. The visit came as part of Labour’s campaign build up ahead of the General Election on May 7 which is predicted to be Britain’s closest national election.

 

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Grassroots – The pink bus

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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The Pilgrims

Around one hundred pilgrims from Northern Cross celebrated Easter today by crossing over the mudflats to the island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland. On what was the final leg of their week long journey as they walked from many parts of northern England the pilgrims, many barefoot, walked the two and a half miles along the old pilgrims route from Beal across to the island…

 

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Grassroots – The Pink Bus

Emma Reynolds, Labour’s Shadow Communities Minister and Louise Baldock, Labour’s candidate for Stockton South visited the Asda store in Thornaby on Tees earlier today on the next leg of their ‘Woman to Woman’ tour. During their visit they met with shoppers and spoke with staff members in the store before heading to Redcar to continue campaigning. The Pink Bus is the very visible face of the ‘Woman to Woman’ campaign and comes ahead of the General Election in May. The idea of this tour was developed by the Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman as a way of connecting the party with women who did not vote in the last General Election.

 

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climb out of the ‘Pink Bus’ as it arrives at the Asda store in Thornaby

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chat to a shopper at the Asda store in Thornaby

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#Grassroots

Click on the links below to see more in the #Grassroots series…

Grassroots – Redcar 2

Grassroots – Coatham

Grassroots – Redcar

Grassroots – Horden

Grassroots – Hartlepool

Grassrots – Dormanstown

Grassroots – Eston

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Medal parade in Richmond

Soldiers from K (Hondeghem) Battery 5th Regiment Royal Artillery paraded through the grounds of Richmond Castle in North Yorkshire today during a ceremony to present them with Afghanistan operational medals. The Battery held the parade to mark the end of the Regiment’s period of operations in Afghanistan and their deployment on Herrick 20.

It was the final Herrick medal parade from Regiment’s that are based in Catterick Garrison. Colonel Mike Kelly was the Inspecting Officer on the day and the musical accompaniment came from the Royal Armoured Corps band.

 

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Circus of Horrors – The Night of the Zombie

On Friday I went along to shoot some pictures on assignment for Getty Images at the Town Hall in Middlesbrough. I was covering a performance by a bizarre circus act called the Circus of Horrors. I had arranged with the performers to go along a few hours before the main event began to shoot some ‘behind the scenes’ pictures as they got prepared, did their make-up and got ready before going on stage to perform.

After tying in with the venue organisers I met some of the guys and started working. Quietly documenting them as they relaxed and prepared themselves for that nights show.

The Circus of Horrors caught the attention of the country when the performers made it into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent recently and following this they then had a series of dates in London’s West End and were the first circus to appear in a West End theatre for a century.

The latest performance is called – ‘The Night of the Zombie’ –  Set in 2020 the show depicts a decrepit and corpse ridden London that is plagued by Zombies. It is a city that is ruled by the undead and the show climaxes in an awesome flaming apocalypse.

The story twists and turns with grisly murders and sensational shocks that are interwoven with some amazing and bizarre circus acts. Sword swallowers, knife throwers, daredevil balancing acts, astounding aerialists, a demon dwarf who does some pretty extreme stuff, a Guinness World Record holding ‘hairculian’ hair hanging woman, the Sinister Sisters and gyrating, fire limboing acrobats all entertained the crowd to the musical accompaniment of ‘The Interceptors from Hell’, a 4-piece rock band who perform throughout the show.

It’s a great show and one thing you don’t often see when you see these performances is just how much hard work goes into setting everything up before the curtain goes up. All the kit and equipment, the props, lighting, sound, instruments and the specialised equipment that they use all has to be unloaded from trucks, set-up and checked ahead of the show and then of course it all has to come down again and be packed away before heading off to the next venue. It’s a relentless routine that takes some serious graft.

So if you get the chance to go along to one of their many venues and see them then I would recommend it. Although it’s kind of an adult themed show so maybe leave the kids at home for this one…..but be quick! As they only have a couple of weeks left on the road from what has been a six month tour. Details of remaining gigs are on their website that you can get to through the link that follows.

So take a look below at some of my work from… The Circus of Horrors

‘BACK-STAGE’

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‘THE SHOW’

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Paddy’s Hole

A misty first light over South Gare on Teesside this morning…

 

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