Following my post at the weekend (which can be seen here ) where care, key and medical workers attended a mass vaccination hub at the Centre For Life in Newcastle to be given the Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.
The hub at the Centre For Life has now opened today to the general public and will be one of seven mass vaccination hubs opening around the country in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Surrey and Stevenage.
Members of the public will receive a letter instructing them to book an appointment slot for their attendance at the hub where they will be administered with the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine.
The UK government pledged to vaccinate the 15 million people most at risk from Covid-19 by mid-February.
I think it’s safe to say that 2020 will go down in memory and the history books as one of the strangest seen in many of our lifetimes and who knows what 2021 will bring?!
Covering the events in the North east that I am able to as a news photographer is challenging during ‘normal times’. This year has been especially difficult for many reasons…logistically, safety, event cancellations, restrictions on access and the wider public perception of ‘the media‘ have all contributed to a greater or lesser degree to present many hurdles that have needed to be overcome and worked around.
Whilst acknowledging that not everyone holds the media in high regard this year has brought more abuse and animosity than I have ever experienced. Whether that is down to a general dislike combined with the stresses that individuals might have been under as they lived through the pandemic and the lockdown is uncertain, but I know that I and many of my fellow press photographers have noticed a general increase as we go about our work.
Despite these difficulties there has been some remarkable coverage this year from events by photographers throughout the country and I for one am even more aware and enthusiastic now than I was before for the need for press photographers, news cameramen & women and journalists to bring these events and stories into the wider public arena to both inform and to hold people in power to account.
So as this year rolls slowly to an end and with an uncertain future ahead as we navigate through both the pandemic and Brexit here’s a small selection of pictures from events that I have been able to photograph this year here in the North east and North Yorkshire…
All the best for the New Year and thanks for following my work.
Images (c) Ian Forsyth
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Cast members perform Jack and the Beanstalk at York Theatre Royal on December 02, 2020 in York, England.
The performance is the first of a series that are part of York Theatre Royal’s Travelling Pantomime production.
Until December 23 the pantomime will visit every one of York’s 21 wards and put on a show in community centres, schools, sports and church halls. At the start of each performance the cast will ask the audience to choose between three different panto favourites; Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Whichever show the audience decide on will be performed. The performance at York Theatre Royal comes on the first day of the new tier system introduced at the end of the second Coronavirus lockdown to prevent against further spread of the Coronavirus.
York is in tier two and the restrictions allow for the performance in front of a limited audience to take place. Strict Covid-19 measures will be implemented in line with the current tier two guidelines.