Archbishop of York Enthronement

On assignment for Getty Images this evening I covered the enthronement of The Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell as the 98th Archbishop of York during a service of Evensong at York Minster…

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Bridlington Crab Fishermen

The U.K.’s exit from the European Union has sparked a battle over fishing in waters British and EU trawlers have shared for four decades.

On assignment for Bloomberg I spent a long day on the East Yorkshire coast in Bridlington photographing the crab and lobster fishermen as they set out to check their pots and then returning with their catch.

With the weather looking favourable after a few days of strong northerly winds conditions were set and some of the boats decided to head out.

Between 3am and 6am is when the day begins on the harbour side as the crews arrive and after taking bait on board and on a dropping tide they slip out of the harbour in darkness and head out to sea.

Over forty boats at Bridlington are crewed by approximately a hundred men with another 250 people in direct employment from the activities of the harbour. Between them they have over 30,000 pots and the shellfish catch alone is estimated to be worth £6million making Bridlington by volume and value the largest shellfish port in Europe. 

Shellfish processing is mainly carried out abroad and Bridlington’s main role is the landing and packing of shellfish for export. It is home to three landing organisations: Coastal Shellfish Limited, Bridlington Shellfish Company Limited and Independent Shellfish Cooperative Limited.

All three are based at the end of Bridlington’s South Pier and between them, they land and distribute the bulk of the UK’s shellfish.

As the tide rolls back the boats finally make their way back home. Within a few minutes it is unloaded and in most cases packed and loaded onto vans or lorries for the onward journey to wholesalers or to be processed.

Boats are tied up and the crews make their way home. Ready to do it all again the next day.

With thanks to the fisherman and Harbour master of Bridlington Harbour for their assistance with getting these pictures. Fair winds.

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East Coast

A recent easterly swell and nice autumnal light combined this weekend to light up one of the premier surf locations here on the east coast…here’s a few from a few hours on the reef/rock.

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Northumbria University Outbreak

Northumbria University has said 770 of its students have tested positive for Covid-19, in one of the UK’s largest single-site coronavirus outbreaks, as other universities across the country reported surging case numbers.

The Newcastle outbreak has taken the total number of cases among students to more than 2,000 across 65 universities, with most testing positive in the last week.

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Middlesbrough Lockdown

Following the news that the Mayor of Middlesbrough, Andy Preston announced objections to new coronavirus restrictions I was sent on assignment to get some pictures of daily life in the town during the day and evening.

The elected mayor of Middlesbrough said he was prepared to defy the Government and reject new Covid-19 measures imposed on the town. The stance has led to fears that residents would fail to take seriously the new measures.

This is thought to be the first time an authority leader has defied the government in the UK over coronavirus lockdown rules.

New coronavirus restrictions in Liverpool, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will come into force on Saturday October 3 at one minute past midnight.

It follows the news that households in parts of the North East of England are to be legally banned from meeting each other indoors in any setting.

Existing measures for Northumberland, Newcastle, Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham were tightened from September 30 at the request of local authorities because the virus was still spreading.

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