December 30, 2019

The months march on and December landed with a bit of a thump. Elections, Brexit, climate crisis, Middle Eastern conflicts and the plight of refugees dominated the headlines, but true to form, Britain got on with celebrating winter time in its own inimitable style.

On a trip to the south of England we encountered the Glastonbury Frost Fayre, where you could stock up on those all-important Christmas presents of dreamcatchers and patchouli candles to the sound of distant drums. While up north, Krampus, the eastern European folk figure, was running amok pu...

June 21, 2019

Shocked to discover it has been six years since my last visit to Appleby Horse Fair. So, another visit was booked for 2019. Not a lot has changed, the horses are still washed in the River Eden, the young travellers still race bareback through the town and gypsy fashions abound.

The RSPCA and Police were in evidence but we saw no trouble or mistreatment. The traveller community are there to trade and need the horses in the best condition. Many are washed in the river, primped with talcum powder and have their manes plaited. Got talking to an interesting...

June 21, 2019

I've been out in the streets taking photographs of goths at their regular weekends and other fringe events in Whitby over the past fifteen years. So I thought it high time I published some of the resulting images in a book. Well, here it is (you can order via PayPal on this website). Already selling well, it has been taken up by Clewlow Books of Whitby and The Whitby Bookshop, who said 'It's about time someone produced a book of this!'.

December 30, 2017

It seems that, as a nation, we enjoy delving into the dressing up box and parading about. This season's fashions were spotted throughout North Yorkshire, including Whitby's Steampunk and Goth Weekends, Pickering 1940s Weekend, Krampus Run and even Harajuku-inspired costumes in a café in Leeds.  

December 30, 2017

It's been such a busy year that I haven't had a chance to update the blog. I managed to get to several music festivals during the summer, namely Underneath the Stars, Sidmouth and Settle Folk Festivals, and then as the season ended, Musicport. Caught some amazing acts and photographed many of them.  

May 8, 2017

I was honoured to be asked to design the cover and title image for a documentary film by my good friend Professor Steve Linstead. The film marks the 150 year anniversary of the worst mining disaster ever to have occurred in England. In 1866 at Barnsley's Oaks Colliery two explosions killed 361 men and boys. The film was premiered at the Parkway Cinema in Barnsley to over 350 people. Following on from the screening was a march through the town accompanied by brass band, morris dancers and pipe band, along with a several NUM union banners. The parade gat...

May 8, 2017

Stage 3 of the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire passed through the Penistone area – the end of our road to be precise. 

Over 220 world-class cyclists raced in three stages over three days from the east coast to the dales and south to Sheffield. We walked down to a suitable viewing point – we had to walk as the roads were all closed to traffic. And after a while watching a relay of police motorcycles and whooping sirens, the tête de la course appeared over the brow. A minute or so later the peloton descended on us at terrific speed. It's a blur of coloured riders,...

October 21, 2016

They say nostalgia isn't what it used to be, but the crowds around the four stations of the North Yorks Moors Steam Railway are enjoying every minute of it. From Whitby via Grosmont, Goathland, Levisham (renamed Le Visham (a German occupied French village for the weekend) to Pickering, the steam engines carry armed forces personnel, land girls, spivs, be-turbaned working women and present day passengers back and forth down the line. An atmosphere of wartime spirit pervades at every stop. As in previous visits I jostled my way through the crowds, camera...

July 18, 2016

Whitby's Tortuga Pirate Festival is now in its third year. It succeeds in raising much-needed funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. But the Pirates of the Caribbean series of movies has a lot to answer for. Gone are the wooden legs, black spots and shoulder parrots of Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins. Gone are the alligator-feuding Captain Hooks, Smees and Tinkerbells, and instead there's a plethora of Captain Jack Sparrows. The rattle of flintlocks and cutlasses on the streets of Whitby was augmented by dreadlocks, bandanas and the ubiquitous leather...

June 18, 2016

A wonderful and memorable morning in the company of 104 women who worked in the Sheffield steelworks. The sculpture 'Women of Steel, by Martin Jennings, was unveiled by four of the women to mark the outstanding contribution of hundreds of other women who worked tirelessly in Sheffield's steel works throughout two world wars. Nearly 400 women are to be honoured with silver-plated medals sourced by the Assay Office, engraved with 'With thanks to our wartime Women of Steel from the people of Sheffield. 
Chris While and Julie Matthews and Ray Hearne sang i...

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