Northern Spire

The Northern Spire bridge in Sunderland opened to traffic today.

The cable stayed bridge across the River Wear is the first to be built on the river in over 40 years. Although set with an original opening date of May, poor weather conditions in the early months of 2018 led to the £117.6 million project being delayed.

The bridge has a 105 metre tall central A-frame pylon and is the tallest structure in the North East.

It it hoped that the bridge will reduce congestion in the city, open up land for regeneration along the river, improve links between the A19 road and Sunderland city centre and the Port of Sunderland, whilst also boosting the economy and helping to create an estimated 6,000 jobs in the area.

More than 2,000 people have worked on the bridge during the last three years of construction, clocking up a million work-hours.

The day before it opened to traffic there was a pedestrian ‘walk-over’ event lasting several hours giving members of the public the chance to walk across the bridge.

Below are a selection of picture from the last two days and please feel free to follow the link to a blog post I did as the central pylon was lifted into position back in February 2017: Room2850 – Building Bridges

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Whitby Wartime Weekend

Military re-enactors begin three days of living history events, educational workshops, firing displays and re-enactment battles based around World War Two at Whitby Showground today…

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York Stone Carving Festival

Stonemasons take part in a stone carving festival at York Minster on August 19, 2018 in York, England.

More than seventy craftspeople took part in the festival with participants travelling from a range of countries including Germany, Norway and Cyprus, as well as locations across the UK. The masons spent two days carving on the theme ‘All creatures great and small’, with the finished pieces due to be auctioned at the end of the festival.

Funds raised from then event will be reinvested in maintaining the 800-year-old cathedral.

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Castle Howard Proms

Yorkshire’s biggest open-air proms of the summer took place at Castle Howard this weekend.

Held in the gardens of the stately home the outdoor picnic concert celebrated the best of British with a rousing medley of traditional orchestral anthems from the London Gala Orchestra conducted by Stephen Bell, the York Musical Society and special guest performances from soprano Lesley Garrett and tenor Geraint Dodd.

Along with a flypast from a Spitfire and a dramatic fireworks and laser finale the evening event proved to be as popular as ever…

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NFU Assignment

Over the last couple of months I’ve been working on what has turned out to be a really interesting and challenging assignment for the National Farmers’ Union on a campaign where we have visited and photographed ten farmers across England and Wales.

The campaign is based around video testimonials from NFU members talking about how they value NFU membership and how the NFU has helped them with advice or financial support within some areas of their businesses.

These short interviews will be supported by my pictures which aimed to portray the farmers in their daily lives as well as showing their farms and the wider environments within which the farm is located.

Ranging across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Cumbria, Lincolnshire and both North and South Wales the work has offered a fascinating insight into the lives of the farmers and are representative of many of the difficulties that farmers encounter on a daily basis but also show the successes that they have had.

We looked at how some of them are now diversifying their farms and are in some way moving away from their original core farming model and how they continue to think of new and innovative ways to improve and build their businesses.

Below are a broad selection of pictures from the various farms and locations I visited through the course of the assignment.

My thanks go to Gemma Bower and Victoria Wilkins from the NFU for all their help along the way – and I’ve never seen a tripod getting put up like that before! And of course to all the farmers who welcomed a strange wellie-wearing northern photographer into their farms for the day…

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Whitby Traction Engine Rally

I went along for the final day of the Traction Engine Rally in Whitby yesterday.

Situated close to the historic abbey in the Yorkshire seaside town the three-day long event offered a range of attractions to visitors including steam engines, miniature steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, fairground organs, stationary engines and commercial vehicles.

Here’s a few from the day…

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The Times and the Daily Telegraph ran a couple from the day:

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Ryedale Country Show

The 152nd Ryedale Country Show took place near Kirbymoorside in North Yorkshire yesterday.

Held in Welburn Park near Kirbymoorside the Ryedale Show was established in 1855 and is a traditional agricultural show renowned for its very high standard of entries in all sections.

The show is run with both the farming community and townspeople’s interests in mind and there are attractions for all ages offering a full and varied day of entertainment. Situated within a natural ampitheatre there are eight rings running throughout the day exhibiting prime cattle, horses, sheep and pigs.

Here’s a few from the day…

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