The 29th Sunderland Air Show

The 29th Sunderland International Air Show takes place this weekend. Held over three days on and over the seafronts at Roker and Seaburn on the north east coast of England the display is the largest free show in Europe and brings together an impressive display of aircraft from across the world to entertain the thousands of visitors who attend the annual event.

Covering the event on a wet second day for the Northern Echo these are a few of the pictures I shot on the day. The event continues tomorrow.

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The Great Yorkshire Show

The 159th Great Yorkshire Show took place today in Harrogate, England.

Held annually the Great Yorkshire Show is the UK’s premier agricultural event and brings together agricultural displays, livestock events, farming demonstrations, food, dairy and produce stands as well as a range of equestrian events to the thousands of visitors who attend the popular show over three days to celebrate the farming and agricultural community and the country way of life.

Day one of the show this year was accompanied by heavy rain throughout but the forecast looks to be improving slightly over the next two days but regardless of the weather, as a photographer it always offers pretty decent picture opportunities. I was on shift for The Northern Echo today and below are some of the pictures from a wet and muddy Yorkshire show ground from the first and a somewhat drier final day.

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The 133rd 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 expected to attend the event this year.

The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents 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 and pausing to play outside the County Hotel building where union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather 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.

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Inside the Delta – Part II

So after visiting the Able UK site at Seaton Port recently to photograph onboard the decommissioned Brent Delta oil platform as I covered a stakeholders event for Shell International whilst on a commission for the Getty Images owned Verbatim Photo Agency (Pictures can be seen here) I returned today to spend a little longer exploring inside the rig to shoot a few more pictures.

Work has now begun on removing the internal items such as clothing, food, books, tables, chairs, fixtures and fittings and all the other signs of the former occupants so that work can begin with the decommissioning process.

It was interesting to see the piles of books – that are to be given to local libraries – and the sauna, complete with bowl and spoon, the fire fighting breathing apparatus and the food still on the shelves in the kitchen – bottled or tinned items that are still usable will go to local food banks – all of which has to be itemised, bagged up and removed ahead of the work to break down the rig.

The team at Able UK have their work cut out but it’s only expected to take around a year or so before the whole rig is taken apart and either sold on in part or sold to scrap.

Below are some of the pictures from inside this amazing structure…with thanks to the Able UK staff for helping to arrange the visit.

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Duncombe Park Steam Rally

Held annually in the picturesque surroundings of Duncombe Park in North Yorkshire the  Duncombe Park Steam Rally attracts over forty full size steam and traction engines as well as miniature engines, tractors, vintage cars and motorcycles and a range of vintage vehicles over the two-day event.

Worth a look if you get the chance. Here’s a few pictures from today.

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Kit corner: All the pictures above were shot using a pair 0f Leica M9 digital cameras. One fitter with a 35mm f2 Summicron lens and the other with a 50mm f2 Summicron lens.

Both lenses had a 3-stop neutral density filter fitted to let me shoot wide open in the bright sun without maxing out my top shutter speed which is 4000th of a second on these cameras.

Spare batteries and memory cards, notebook, a paint brush and a chamois leather cloth were carried in a pair of Domke pouches.

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Inside the Delta

So after covering the arrival at the Able UK site on the banks of the River Tees last month of the Shell owned Brent Delta oil rig, pictures from which can be seen in a post HERE I was asked yesterday to cover another stage in the story of the decommissioning process of this huge rig.

The event held at the Able UK Hartlepool site brought numerous stakeholders together including Able UK and Shell management personnel for a number of speeches, briefings and presentations before conducting a short tour onboard this huge facility.

The pictures below show parts of that tour.

It goes without saying that this thing is big! But it’s not until you stand on a rusty and weather beaten steel walkway on the upper levels and look all around you at the maze of metalwork that you realise its true enormity.

In the coming months work will begin to dismantle the rig as parts are gradually removed to be sold off as more complete units or to be reduced down to scrap metal for sale.

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