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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The 3 Peaks Cyclocross Race

Competitors tackle the brutal climb up Simons Fell as they ascend to the summit of Ingleborough during the 57th Annual Yorkshire 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross Challenge today.

The 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross is staged in the Yorkshire Dales National Park each year. It is renowned as being the toughest and biggest Cyclo-Cross event in the UK.

The race was born in 1959 when a Yorkshire schoolboy, Kevin Watson rode, pushed and carried his bicycle 30 miles to the summit cairns of Whernside (2,419ft), Ingleborough (2,373ft) and Penyghent (2,273ft).

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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Final preparations are made yesterday to the displays during staging day for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show and today the competition in the giant veg categories heated up with judges making their decisions ahead of media photo-calls to photograph the winners in the various categories.

The UK’s premier Autumn gardening show begins today and is taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground with up to 40,000 visitors expected to attend the 3-day event.

The centre piece for the show will be the ‘Back to the Future’ floral display that aims to capture the essence of Newby Hall and Gardens.

The 2019 event will be the 44th Autumn show, which was originally held in the town’s Valley Gardens, before moving to the Exhibition Halls in 1983 and the Great Yorkshire Showground in 1995 but from 2020 it can now be announced that Newby Hall and Gardens will become the new location for the Autumn Flower Show from 2020.

The Spring flower show will continue to be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Harrogate Flower Shows are organised twice a year by the North of England Horticultural Society, a leading gardening charity set up in 1911 to promote horticulture across the north.

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Stop the Coup

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joins hundreds of protestors during a ‘Stop the Coup’ protest in George Square on August 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Left-wing group Momentum, remain group Another Europe is Possible and the People’s Assembly coordinated a series of “Stop The Coup” protests across the UK aimed at Boris Johnson and the UK government proroguing Parliament.

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The Creative Spirit of John Curry

On assignment for Getty Images recently I spent the day photographing professional figure skaters Mark Hanretty, John Kerr, Nina Ulanova, Vanessa Bauer, Yebin Mok, Oscar Peter and Mauro Bruni as they took to the ice during final rehearsals for the world premiere ice skating performance of “The Creative Spirit of John Curry”.

Held at the Billingham Forum Ice Arena the show honoured British skating legend John Curry and formed the centre piece of the 55th Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance.

In the 1970s and 1980s until his death in 1994 John Curry was one of the most influential ice skaters of the time noted for combining ballet with modern dance during his routines. In 1976 he won gold medals at the Olympics, The World Championships and The European Championships.

Following the premiere the performance will move to Sheffield.

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