The 134th Durham Miners’ Gala

Over two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners’ Gala or Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 200,000 people attending this year.

The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents many of the communal values of the North East of England.

The gala sees traditional colliery brass bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners before pausing briefly to play outside the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather on the balcony before then continuing to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and speeches.

Beginning in 1871 the gala is the biggest trade union event in Europe and is part of an annual celebration of socialism but it also brings many thousands more who simply enjoy the atmosphere, the music and meeting up with friends.

On assignment for Getty Images I covered the gala throughout the day and below are a selection of the pictures edited into black and white. Full colour versions from the day can be seen over on the Getty Images website here

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The 160th Great Yorkshire Show

So for the last three days I’ve been down at Harrogate Showground in North Yorkshire photographing the 160th Great Yorkshire Show. As the premier show in the north of England the show offers up many opportunity for pictures.

First held in 1838 the show brings together agricultural displays, livestock events, farming demonstrations, food, dairy and produce stands as well as equestrian events.

The popular agricultural show is held over three days and celebrates the farming and agricultural community and their way of life.

Below is a sample of those that I was able to take during my time there so feel free to have a browse…

 

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The Great Exhibition of the North

Yesterday I was on assignment for Getty Images covering the opening ceremony of the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

I was on the ground in Newcastle just before 7am and eventually made it home after the evening ceremony by about 1am the next morning so it was a bit of a long old day but the ceremony itself was quite spectacular.

 

The Great Exhibition of the North is an 80-day long programme of exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and experiences.

It aims to tell the story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped the present and inspire the future in the North. The three-month programme of events began on 22 June and runs until 9 September.

Key highlights include three trails starting from the Great North Museum, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Sage Gateshead and which then lead the visitor through 30 different venues and public spaces on either side of the River Tyne.

Details of these routes and more can be seen on the Great Exhibition of the North website HERE

Here’s a few from the day…

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Mount Grace Priory

Today I was on assignment for Getty Images covering a media event for garden designer Chris Beardshaw at the launch of the new arts and crafts style garden he has designed for English Heritage at Mount Grace Priory near Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

The garden takes inspiration from the Arts and Crafts style established by the Victorian owner of the priory, industrialist Sir Lowthian Bell. The colourful and informal planting features Iris, Peonies, ferns, Azaleas, Hostas, Primulas and the rare Chilean fire bush and has been designed to celebrate the horticulturally diverse gardens of the late 19th century.

The ruin’s at Mount Grace priory are the best preserved and most accessible of the ten medieval Carthusian houses in England. Monks used to live as hermits with each occupying his own cell and only coming together in the chapel for short periods of prayer. The monks were a silent order and followed a strict vegetarian diet.

Before he arrived and the media event began I took the opportunity to have a wander around the completely empty priory to shoot some pictures before moving onto the media event. Here’s a few pictures from the day…

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Frontline – Sedgefield

So today saw me on assignment for Getty Images at the ‘Frontline-Sedgefield’ living history event.

Depicting the daily life of soldiers and families throughout history the weekend long event brings together living history groups representing Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Romans, the American Civil War, right through to the First and Second World Wars and to the present day and more to give a fascinating insight to life in those era’s

Here’s a few from today edited into black and white. Follow this link to see colour version Getty Images and feel free to visit my website and blog via the link below the pictures. You can subscribe to my blog to get email notifications of new posts as and when they go up.

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Redcar Land Sailing

Racing began today on the first day of the Redcar Land Sailing regatta on Coatham Beach.

Land sailing events held on the beach at Redcar date back as far as 1909 and the sport maintains a strong following. Enthusiasts travel from all over the country to compete in the four classes of land yachts, the Minis, Class 3, Class 5 and Standart yachts and the wide expanse of Coatham Beach is considered to be one of the best land sailing venues in the country.

Here’s a few from the day…

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York Minster Northern Lights

The Nave of York Minster is lit up in a dramatic sound and light display during a media call for the Northern Lights sound and light projection this evening.

Artists Ross Ashton and Karen Monid have designed the sound and light projection taking inspiration from the cathedral’s stained glass and architecture.

Visitors will have the chance to experience the Minster at dusk from 8pm over two evenings on June 16 and 17 as the nave area is filled with organ music before the light and sound installation is shown.

The event supports a new three-year fundraising campaign to extend state of the art glazing to all 128 of the Minster’s medieval stained glass windows over the next 20 years. Currently, over 70 of the windows have no protection from the elements.

Pictured below are some of the pictures from the rehearsal followed by pictures of some of the stained glass windows that they’re hoping to preserve.

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Some of the Minsters’ stained glass windows…..

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