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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Castle Howard Proms 2019

Thousands of people gathered yesterday evening during Yorkshire’s biggest open-air proms of the summer at Castle Howard.

Held in the gardens of the stately home the outdoor picnic concert celebrated the best of British with a Spitfire fly past beginning a rousing medley of traditional orchestral anthems, popular classics and songs from musicals played by the London Gala Orchestra and conducted by Stephen Bell.

Special guest performances came from operatic soprano Sarah Fox and tenor Wynne Evans before a firework and laser show closed the show.

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The Nagar Kirtan

Members of the Sikh community in Middlesbrough gather outside the Gurdwara Sikh Temple before making their way through town during the Nagar Kirtan Sikh parade on July 21, 2019 in Middlesbrough, England.

The Sikh festival celebrates love, happiness and peace and involves people from all backgrounds and religions.

The colourful parade is held to mark the anniversary of the birth of the eighth Guru of the Sikh faith, Sri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji.

Groups of Sewadar spray the road with water, followed by groups with sweeping brushes ahead of a float carrying priests and the Sikh holy scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib as Sikhs consider the Guru Granth Sahib to be a living Guru, so out of respect the road ahead is swept.

Leading the float, five men representing the Panj Pyare – the five beloved – walk barefoot and carry swords while hymns are sung and drums are pounded. Ahead of all of them come a group who practice Gatka, a Sikh martial art.

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Newcastle has Pride

Torrential downpours didn’t dampen the spirits of those taking part in the Newcastle Pride Festival parade on July 20, 2019 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.

To commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall riots, which was a pivotal turning point on the road to LGBT+ equality, Northern Pride Festival held a march through the centre of Newcastle.

The parade marks the start of a three day festival in the heart of Newcastle taking over the Town Moor and Exhibition Park areas of the city for main stage events featuring a range of artists.

Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the event which comes as Newcastle has been chosen to be the host city for UK pride 2020.

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