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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Extinction Rebellion

The Extinction Rebellion environmental protest group began their blockade of the Victoria Bridge in Leeds yesterday as the group begin a series of planned week long protests in five cities around the country.

Called “Project Mushroom” the group have said these protests will begin a week-long ‘summer uprising’ in Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Glasgow and London.

Leeds is the fastest growing financial district outside London and the protests in Leeds are against investment in the fossil fuel industry and police have issued warnings to banks and businesses in the city to plan in case of disruption.

Extinction Rebellion are a socio-political movement which uses civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

 

 

Pictures from my assignment were used in the Times, Daily Express and Daily Mirror as well as online with the Guardian and the Mailonline:

 

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135 Durham Miners Gala

The 135th Durham Miners Gala on July 13, 2019 in Durham, England.

Over two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with close to 200,000 people expected to attend this year.

The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England and sees traditional colliery brass bands march through the city ahead of their respective pit banners before pausing to play outside the County Hotel building where Labour politicians, union leaders, invited guests and dignitaries gather before continuing to the racecourse area for a day of entertainment and speeches.

Beginning in 1871 the gala is the biggest trade union event in Europe and is part of an annual celebration of socialism. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the Durham Miners’ Association. The gala is hosted by the DMA who provide a range of services for its members, former Durham miners, these services include compensation claims, benefit information, tribunal representation and legal advice.

My coverage of the day started at 6am as it does on every gala day and I first headed across town to the DMA building at Redhills to document the Durham Miners Association brass band as they formed up and set off on their march through the city to the County Hotel.

From there I moved onto the political aspects of the Big Meeting and did some coverage of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as he posed on the balcony of the County Hotel and then covered him as he made his way to the main stage to deliver his speech to the audience.

Along the way I also tried to cover some of the other colliery bands as well as the occasion. As always it was a long and busy day but one that so far, remains good to photograph.

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161 Great Yorkshire Show

The 161st Great Yorkshire Show took place over the 9th, 10th and 11th of July 11 in Harrogate, England.

Organiser’s of the show this year have revealed that overall entries for the three-day show are higher than in any previous years.

The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event and is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The YAS support and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and funding scientific research into rural affairs.

First held in 1838 the show brings together agricultural displays, livestock events, farming demonstrations, food, dairy and produce stands as well as equestrian events. The popular agricultural show is held over three days and celebrates the farming and agricultural community and their way of life.

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The Leadership Hustings

Over the last week I’ve been on three assignments covering the Conservative party leadership candidate’s Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as they travelled around the country taking part in the hustings ahead of the party vote for a new leader.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two MPs left in the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party.

The winner will be announced on July 23rd and will also then take up the post of Prime Minister of the UK and Northern Ireland.

I covered them as they came to take part in the hustings for the North West region in Carlisle, the Yorkshire and Humber region in York and finally the North East region which was held in Darlington.

Alongside this I also covered a visit by Jeremy Hunt as he made a quick tour of the National Railway Museum in York and Boris Johnson as he made a short visit to Guisborough.

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