Extinction Rebellion

The Extinction Rebellion environmental protest group began their blockade of the Victoria Bridge in Leeds yesterday as the group begin a series of planned week long protests in five cities around the country.

Called “Project Mushroom” the group have said these protests will begin a week-long ‘summer uprising’ in Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and London.

Leeds is the fastest growing financial district outside London and the protests in Leeds are against investment in the fossil fuel industry and police have issued warnings to banks and businesses in the city to plan in case of disruption.

Extinction Rebellion are a socio-political movement which uses civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

 

 

Pictures from my assignment were used in the Times, Daily Express and Daily Mirror as well as online with the Guardian and the Mailonline:

 

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135 Durham Miners Gala

The 135th Durham Miners Gala on July 13, 2019 in Durham, England.

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 close to 200,000 people expected to attend 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 and sees traditional colliery brass bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners before pausing to play outside the County Hotel building where Labour politicians, union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather before 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. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners’ Association. The gala is hosted by the DMA who provide a range of services for its members, former Durham miners, these services include compensation claims, benefit information, tribunal representation and legal advice.

My coverage of the day started at 6am as it does on every gala day and I first headed across town to the DMA building at Redhills to document the Durham Miners Association brass band as they formed up and set off on their march through the city to the County Hotel.

From there I moved onto the political aspects of the Big Meeting and did some coverage of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he posed on the balcony of the County Hotel and then covered him as he made his way to the main stage to deliver his speech to the audience.

Along the way I also tried to cover some of the other colliery bands as well as the occasion. As always it was a long and busy day but one that so far, remains good to photograph.

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161 Great Yorkshire Show

The 161st Great Yorkshire Show took place over the 9th, 10th and 11th of July 11 in Harrogate, England.

Organiser’s of the show this year have revealed that overall entries for the three-day show are higher than in any previous years.

The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event and is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The YAS support and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and funding scientific research into rural affairs.

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.

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The Leadership Hustings

Over the last week I’ve been on three assignments covering the Conservative party leadership candidate’s Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as they travelled around the country taking part in the hustings ahead of the party vote for a new leader.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two MPs left in the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party.

The winner will be announced on July 23rd and will also then take up the post of Prime Minister of the UK and Northern Ireland.

I covered them as they came to take part in the hustings for the North West region in Carlisle, the Yorkshire and Humber region in York and finally the North East region which was held in Darlington.

Alongside this I also covered a visit by Jeremy Hunt as he made a quick tour of the National Railway Museum in York and Boris Johnson as he made a short visit to Guisborough.

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Brent Bravo

The Brent Bravo topside oil platform is transported on the barge ‘Iron Lady’ into the mouth of the River Tees on route to the Able UK Seaton Port site for decommissioning on June 20, 2019 in Teesport, England.

The 24,800 tonne oil platform was transported to an area off the Hartlepool coast by the largest heavy lift vessel ever built, ‘Pioneering Spirit’ from the Shell Brent oil fields that are situated 115 miles north-east of Lerwick in Scotland.

After arriving off the coast of Hartlepool the 410ft high platform was transferred to the barge to be towed into the mouth of the River Tees. This is the second oil platform to be removed from the Shell Brent oil field with the sister platform, ‘Brent Delta’ decommissioned at the same site in 2017. (See my posts here of the Brent Delta decommissioning)

Once at the Able UK site Brent Bravo will be broken down with some parts being re-sold and the rest scrapped and re-cycled. At its peak in 1982 the four Shell platforms in the Brent field were producing more than half a million barrels of oil a day. Production at the field was stopped in 2011.

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The 41st North Yorkshire County Show

The 41st North Yorkshire County Show was held yesterday at the Camp Hill Estate a few miles to the South of Bedale.

The show is a traditional agricultural show with judging taking place for cattle, sheep, poultry, rabbit and cavy, show jumping and light horse events.

Other activities at the show include a dog show, classic car display, vintage engines and tractors, farrier competition, a parade of hounds and the best dressed heavy horse

 

Daily Telegraph, June 17, 2019

 

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Greenwave

Today was a short trip down the coast to Scarborough and the Green Party Spring conference held at the Scarborough Spa Complex.

Around 600 Green Party delegates from across the UK attended the conference which comes after recent success in the local elections in May where the party gained nearly 200 new councillors and saw its number of MEP’s rise from three to seven.

Here’s a few from today…

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