Forward Assist Photo & Writing Project

I was approached recently by Tees Valley Arts to see if I would like to work with a veterans group called Forward Assist as part of a writer/photographer collaboration project which would offer an opportunity to meet and document the experiences of a number of older people and veterans who are currently living at the Helen McArdle care home inContinue reading “Forward Assist Photo & Writing Project”

The Fleet

The inshore fishing fleet at Redcar originated in the early 14th Century with crab, lobster and fishing bringing in much needed income to local fishermen. However as the fishing industry has steadily declined over recent years so to the fleet has reduced in size so that today only a small number of boats put toContinue reading “The Fleet”

Jeremy Corbyn visits Middlesbrough College.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn visited the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) further education college in Middlesbrough earlier today. The visit to Middlesbrough College came as Mr Corbyn visited the region to see how further education colleges in the area are dealing with the aftermath of the closure of the SSI UKContinue reading “Jeremy Corbyn visits Middlesbrough College.”

Centre of the Community

Following an announcement by the Chancellor George Osborne last year where he revealed his plans to stop the current NHS bursary for a student loan system from September 2017 a small but vocal group of student nurses, midwives and their supporters held a rally against the cuts in Middlesbrough this afternoon. For the trainee nursesContinue reading “Centre of the Community”

Rolling through

A few cheeky ones rolling through on the east coast over the last couple of days…   #Eastbound See more of my work on my website and blogs… HERE Images remain copyright Ian Forsyth 2015. All rights reserved. No usage without arrangement

Final Journey

The funeral of World War Two veteran Thomas Cox, 90, from Stockton takes place at St Bede’s Chapel at Teesside crematorium earlier this morning. After Mr Cox, who served with the Royal Pioneer Corps, died no other family members could be traced and after a social media appeal went out for people to attend soContinue reading “Final Journey”

Light support

The Last Post is played looking out over the industrial heartland of Teesside by South Bank brass band member Dave Mackin during a torch-lit procession on Eston Nab… Hundreds of men, woman and children, many of whom steelworkers and their families and people from the local community climbed high up to the Nab which standsContinue reading “Light support”

Coast People – Life on the north east coast

As many of you will know I have been planning to produce a book about a project that I have been working on for a number of years called ‘Coast People’. Initially things with the publishers were going well and the layouts and text were all sorted and it was starting to take shape. HoweverContinue reading “Coast People – Life on the north east coast”

Ironopolis – The day the steel stopped

As the steelworkers from ‘C’ shift prepared themselves to carry out the final coke push on oven 64 at the SSI UK steel works at Redcar this week they were not only starting the process by which the ovens would gradually cool down rendering them useless for any future use but it was also markingContinue reading “Ironopolis – The day the steel stopped”

Northern Steel

Hundreds of steelworkers, their families and supporters attended a torch-light vigil and rally this evening in Redcar to show support for the steel workers and contractors from SSI Steel after an announcement was made last week that production at the Teesside site was to be paused. The company, which employs around 2,000 people said theyContinue reading “Northern Steel”