Liberal Democrat Spring Conference

Sunday saw me in York and covering the final day of the Liberal Democratic Party Spring Conference at the York Barbican.

Sir Vince Cable has announced that he will step down as Liberal Democrat leader after May’s English local elections.

I opted not to purchase a fridge magnet from the party merchandise stalls.

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Flooding in York

Heavy overnight rainfall caused the River Ouse to spill over its banks yesterday reacting in the flood barriers being closed and some of the riverside properties suffering some flood damage…

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Fishing for Leave on the Tyne

A flotilla of fishing boats from the Fishing For Leave protest group gathered at the Quayside area on the River Tyne on March 15, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

Fishing for Leave are supporting other Brexit groups who are calling for the government to scrap the Withdrawal Agreement and for MP’s to ensure that Britain leaves the EU with no deal.

The flotilla also marked the launch the following day of the ‘March to Leave’ walk which will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union.

The event began with a 30ft fishing boat carried on a lorry and escorted by a Pipe band making it’s way along the route of the river to meet up with the fishing boats who made their way to the quayside. Due to high winds the Millennium Bridge couldn’t swing open and let them through and the flotilla was force to stop and tie up just short.

The vantage point of the Millennium Bridge did however offer an opportunity for pro-European supporters to stage a counter-demonstration and words were exchanged and the occasional argument took place before the boats then made their way back down river to North Shields.

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Victoria

Last night after a few months of organising I was fortunate enough to be able to obtain exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ access with Northern Ballet during their World Premier performance of ‘Victoria’ at Leeds Grand Theatre.

The night before I also photographed their final full-dress rehearsal as they ran through the full repertoire to iron out any last many issues.

The performance of Victoria by Northern Ballet which was choreographed by Cathy Marston coincides with the 200th anniversary of the birth of the iconic British monarch.

The performance tells the life story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion Beatrice who his entrusted with the Queen’s many diaries and who then relives the past by reading them.

Following the World Premier in Leeds the run lasts until March 16 before the ballet will tour the UK with the performance.

Northern Ballet is a dance company with a strong repertoire in theatrical dance productions where the emphasis is on story telling as well as classical ballet. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest ballet companies they are committed to creating new ballets and tour widely to perform to audiences throughout the UK and abroad.

Below are some of my pictures from the final rehearsal through to the Premier evening as I shot from back stage and the wings.

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Alaskan Malamute

Kennels of Alaskan Malamutes from the Alaskan Malamute Working Association have been providing insight into the breed to injured service personnel and veterans as they take part in a competitive Sled Dog Scurry, as part of the Phoenix Winter Games at the Recovery Centre in Catterick.

The theme of the games which are based around the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, is fun with a competitive edge and teams of soldiers and veterans from the various Recovery Centres across the country including Colchester, Plymouth, Tidworth and Catterick make up the competing teams.

Alaskan Malamutes are freight dogs, weighing about 40 kilos and by their nature they travel long distances across a variety of terrains, in often bitterly cold and wet weather conditions which makes them ideally suited to pulling dog sleds.

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Yorkshire Brass Band Championships

Brass bands from all across Yorkshire descended on Huddersfield Town Hall this weekend to take part in the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships.

Over fifty brass bands competed across all sections at the event with the winner going forward to represent Yorkshire in the finals of the National Brass Band Championship which will be held later in the year.

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