Castle Howard prepares for Christmas

The historic North Yorkshire stately home of Castle Howard celebrates Christmas each year with a themed display inside the grand state rooms within the house.

This year the theme is ‘A Christmas Masquerade’ and celebrates the house’s theatrical roots and the influence of the Italian Baroque on its architecture and interiors and was the creation of design team Charlotte Lloyd Webber and Bretta Gereke.

I went along for a press preview during the week for a sneak preview before the house opens to the public over the Christmas period.

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Durham Lumiere

I headed up to my home city of Durham during the week on assignment to cover the preview evening for the tenth anniversary of Durham Lumiere.

The UK’s largest light festival returned to Durham for its tenth anniversary edition.

Landmark locations across the city will feature 37 different light installations when the event begins and a number of them where illuminated for the preview evening.

The event will run for four consecutive nights from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th November.

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Skinningrove Bonfire

The annual bonfire and fireworks display takes place on November 5, 2019 in Skinningrove, England.

The theme for the display this year was the ‘greatest showman’. Each year residents of the small North Yorkshire coastal village build a large themed bonfire on the beach, reflecting the area’s history.

This year it pays tribute to Harry Cooper who was born locally in 1853, and whose 8ft 6in height made him possibly the tallest man in the world at the time. While touring with a circus he was spotted by P T Barnum, who made him a celebrity in America.

The bonfire was the shape of a giant circus tent with what the organisers described as their own tribute to Harry Cooper featuring prominently.

 

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Conservative Party Conference 2019

Last week saw the Conservative party conference take place over four days at the Central Convention Complex in Manchester.

I travelled down the day before and stopped for the duration covering the event.

Some of the pictures from the convention and from a protest held in the streets outside the centre on the first day of the conference are featured below…

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Corbyn rally

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to the North east yesterday evening as he addressed enthusiastic supporters at a campaign rally at Newcastle City Hall.

During the rally Mr Corbyn announced that in the event of a General Election he would aim to launch the biggest people-powered campaign the country has seen.

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Whitby Wild Swimming

Whitby Wild Swimming group was set up in May this year and meet twice a week at either Whitby or Sandsend.

The group has members with a range of abilities from people who have never swam in the sea before to a former channel swimmer.

Most of the group are working towards ‘skin swimming’ where only swimming costumes are worn rather than wetsuits.

The group swim each time they meet unless sea conditions prove to be too hazardous.

Sea swimming is said to benefit health by increasing the metabolism, boosting the immune system, improving circulation and the cold water stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for repairing the body.

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