Appleby Horse Fair 2019

Yesterday I went over to Appleby in Cumbria to cover the first day of the Appleby Horse Fair.

The fair is an annual gathering for Gypsy, Romany and travelling communities and has existed under the protection of a charter granted by James II since 1685 and remains one of the key meeting points for these communities.

Around 10,000 travellers are expected to attend the 6-day event who traditionally come to buy and sell horses and take the opportunity to come together to celebrate their heritage and culture.

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Anti Trump Demonstration

Coinciding with the state visit of the US president Donald Trump to the UK recently Anti-Trump demonstrators held a ‘Together Against Trump’ rally in central London to voice their opposition to the president and his policies. I took a trip down to London to document what I could of the demonstration…

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Castle Howard Steam Rally

Traction engines are self-propelled steam engines invented in the 1800s for any form of haulage with many being used in agriculture and Castle Howard has always had a long history of holding traction engine rallies until the early 1980s.

During the weekend long event visitors were entertained by a programme of steam fair attractions including tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials.

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The 25th Hambleton Horse Show

The 25th Hambleton District Horse Show is being held this weekend at Sutton Park in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Sutton-On-The-Forest near York.

The show which was originally established 25 years ago at The Barugh, Carlton Husthwaite has now grown to be a show with over 200 classes of events with qualifiers over the years for shows such as Royal International Horse Show.

Run each year in aid of charities this year sees money raised going to Yorkshire Cancer Research, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and The Injured Jockeys Fund.

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South Gare Project

Another trip down to the South Gare today offered a further opportunity to shoot a few photographs that I’ll consider adding to the project that I’ve been working on for a while.

You can see more from that project on South Gare here: South Gare Project

The idea for my project started almost by accident several years ago after going there to shoot pictures on some occasional news jobs and I found myself beginning to have quite an archive of pictures building up and so the idea of continuing to look at the area came about and I’ve been visiting the area on numerous occasions since.

The thing I now need to bring in are boundaries or an end point. As with many long-term photography projects boundaries should be put in place to mark an end otherwise they can go on and on and ultimately they might lose their direction.

So this is what I’m looking at doing now. I have a couple more areas I need to work on over the next visits primarily revolving around portraits and after that I think this particular chapter in the life of the Gare will have come to an end.

But you never know what might happen! Rumours at the Gare talk of South Tees Development Corporation plans to develop the area and worries are that significant changes may affect the area through that development so watch this space…this project might begin to turn another direction soon.

But for now and once I complete further portraits I need to try and do something with this collection. An exhibition? A book? I’m not sure as both are difficult to achieve and financially testing so I will have to look into it further.

But for now this set of pictures are from my most recent trip to this amazing and unusual place.

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Nigel Farage in Newcastle

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage visits Northumberland Street during a whistle stop UK tour on May 20, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

The visit to Newcastle and other locations around the country comes ahead of the 2019 European elections in the United Kingdom which will take place on May 23.

The Brexit Party is a pro-Brexit Eurosceptic political party formed in 2019. Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, is campaigning for the Brexit Party’s contest for this month’s European Parliament elections.

The Brexit Party is reported to be polling in front of Labour and the Conservatives for the European parliament elections.

During the visit a milk shake was thrown over Mr Farage as he walked around the town by Paul Crowther. Here’s a few from the day and I’ll be writing a post soon about my thoughts about the ‘shake’ incident…

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