Blyth Tall Ships Regatta

The bustling port town in South East Northumberland played host to the four-day long prestigious Tall Ships Regatta. Up to 30 of the largest and most spectacular ships in the world, some up to 100 metres long and decades old attended the event from Norway, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands and the UK before they finally depart on a 500 nautical mile race from Blyth to the Swedish port of Gothenburg.

The maritime celebration takes place during the 60th anniversary of the Tall Ships Races.







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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. However when I saw the print quality of the book and saw how the pictures had been reproduced I had some issues with the overall quality and so I pushed back the release date to give me a chance to rectify things because the last thing I or any other photographer would want to do would be to release a book with badly printed photographs in it!

After several weeks of trying to resolve things it has unfortunately reached the stage where it was obvious things weren’t going to be as I wanted them as far as print quality was concerned. As a result I have now decided to go completely through the self-publishing process via the on-line book publishers, ‘Blurb’.

This is a company I have used before on several occasions for ‘one-off’ books that I wanted to get printed myself and I know that their printing, bindings and paper quality is amazing so I have opted to go down this route.

Because of the nature of book publishing in general it potentially works out cheaper for me to buy a hundred copies in the first instance which in turn reduces the price per copy of each copy of the book and then sell them myself to give the buyer a better deal. But to do this I would have to pay out a few thousand for those 100 copies in the first instance which is something that I’m just not in the position to do right now.

So what I’m doing, at least for now, is to design, create and make available a book that I have designed from scratch and which I will make available to buy via Blurb.

I have slightly reduced the number of images from the initial book design in order to reduce the overall production costs and I have totally changed the layout. The book is now designed in a square format, sized at 18cm x 18cm and with 140 pages and the image quality is now far, far better and is more fitting to a book of photography. The price per copy of the book now is the minimum I can achieve for the size, number of pages and the design and I have only added £0.01 (1 pence) to the overall price of the book, which is the minimum that can be done when you sell a book on Blurb so that they cover their printing costs. Again to try and keep that price down as low as I can.

I’m also not making the book available on Amazon as there was a £5.99 surcharge to do that which I didn’t want on top of the price. So Coast People will be available through Blurb only. A preview of the book can be seen on the main page and the price per copy of the book is £23.40.

Postage costs are set by Blurb and are £6.99. So the total price would be – £30.39

So to date this has been a frustrating journey to get this far and I’m disappointed that I won’t be taking delivery of a few boxes full of my first published book but this at least is a compromise that I have reached that is achievable at the minute and whilst I won’t gain financially with this book it has been an interesting process to go through and one that will help when I publish, ‘Country People – cornerstone‘, which is my next book-publishing endeavour. More on that coming soon, so as they say, ‘watch this space’…

So to see a preview of Coast People, to read about the book or to purchase a copy please follow the link below….

COAST PEOPLE – Life on the north east coast


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Coming from coal seams in sea cliffs or underwater deposits centuries old coal is deposited on the beach as the tide drops at Saltburn following strong seas over previous days.

Traditionally collected and used for heating, cooking and garden nutrient it is thought that European cultures dating back to the Romans and before used sea-coal.  In places where this coal occurred it could be a dependable source of fuel and there were professional sea-coal gatherers and small local industries that existed to gather and sell the coal.  This tradition continues in many areas, particularly in northern Britain as other sources of fuel become more expensive.


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Scarborough dawn

Down in Scarborough in North Yorkshire for first light this morning to finish off a commercial job I’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks and took the opportunity to grab a couple of shots for myself around the harbour while I was there…


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The Whitby Goth weekend began in 1994 and usually happens twice each year. Hundreds of extravagantly dressed people who enjoy Steampunk, Cybergoth, Militaria, Romanticism or Victoriana visit the North Yorkshire seaside town over the weekend to take part in a celebration of Goth culture.

Below are a selection of some of the pictures I shot from Saturday…



Whitby_Goth_Weekend_089A hearse is parked at West cliff in Whitby

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_090Gabriel Simpson from York is the ‘Jester’

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_091Robin Middlehurst, 8, from Cheshire

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_092David and Carol Price from Peterborough

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_093Sitting on the bench

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_094Frankie Wells, 20 from Scunthorpe

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_095Phillip and Margaret Burton from Ashbourne in Derbyshire

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_096Vampire slayer Eden Ratcliffe from Chorley in Lancashire

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_097Julie and David Grey from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_098Imogen Barratt, 6, from Stockton

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_099Lesley Scaife from Harrogate

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_100The mask

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_101Sitting on a bench on the steps up to St Mary’s church

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_102In the grounds of St Mary’s church, Whitby

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_103In the grounds of St Mary’s church, Whitby

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_104Gavin Woodward from Middlesbrough

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_105The rose

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_106A woman sits in the grounds of St Mary’s church

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_107Diane Goldby and Glenn Baldwin

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_108Amy Smith from Cheshire

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_109Amy Smith from Cheshire

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_110Millie Collins, 12, from Halifax

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_111Molly Eynon from Lincoln

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_112Colette Rimmer, 10, from Wigan

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_113Goth dog

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_114A woman looks out from under her brolly

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_115Steam punk

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_117Dressed in Victoriana military Ron McGloure from Teesside poses for a picture

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_118 Street cafe

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_119All dressed up

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_120Lace brolly

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_121Everild Breen, also known as ‘Aunty Em’ from Keighley in Bradford

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_122Red Riding Hood makes a withdrawal

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_123Sitting on a bench at West Cliff

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_125Cool shades

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_126First aid pint

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_127Photographers take pictures of a girl standing in a doorway

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_128Black and white

Whitby_Goth_Weekend_116A girl poses for pictures

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The Great North Passion

The Great North Passion event held today, Good Friday, in Bents Park in South Shields, England involved the telling of the Easter Passion story by collaborating with local artists who were commissioned to transform metal shipping containers into artistic works reflecting many regions and issues from around the northeast. The 60 containers were then placed in the shape of a giant crucifix in the Park where the public were invited to explore the installation and enjoy the occasion.

The hour-long event brought in thousands of spectators to enjoy the show which featured performances by Alexandra Burke.



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Great North PassionSpectators arrive to watch the show

Great North PassionArtwork on one of the shipping containers

Great North PassionArtwork on one of the shipping containers

Great North PassionArtwork on one of the shipping containers

Great North PassionCrowds watch the performance

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Great North PassionZororai Gundu from the ‘Women of African Origin’ choir

Great North PassionWatching the event

Great North PassionReverend Jim Craig

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Great North PassionHenry Howard from the Retired Fisherman’s Mission in North Shields

Great North PassionEnjoying the show

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Great North PassionAlexandra Burke singing at the event

Great North PassionAlexandra Burke singing at the event

Great North PassionAlexandra Burke singing at the event

Great North PassionThe ‘Women of African Origin’ choir get ready to sing

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Great North PassionFern Britton and Alexandra Burke

Great North PassionTheo Craig, 8, adds the finishing touches to one of the art installation containers

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Whitby harbour fog

As Whitby in North Yorkshire was shrouded in fog this morning I headed there to shoot a few pictures as some of the fishermen headed out to check their pots or otherwise got prepared for putting out to sea…


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DSCF0013-2Copious‘ and ‘Progress‘ moored in Whitby harbour


The ‘Jay-C‘ out of Exeter prepares in Whitby harbour

DSCF0018-2Prosperity‘ heads out through the early morning fog

DSCF0022-2Silverline‘ alongside in the fog

DSCF0029-2Silverline‘ comes about and heads out to sea through the Whitby fog

DSCF0041-2Heading out

DSCF0056-2Pride & Joy‘ and ‘Codonger Too‘ moored in Whitby

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DSCF0140-2Out through the harbour


The ‘Jay-C‘ registered at Exeter heads out of Whitby harbour


Whitby harbour as the fog descends


The crew of the ‘Prosperity‘ weigh in their lobster and crab catch…






14 kilo of crab


11.8 kilo of lobster


Prosperity‘ heads back out after unloading their first catch

DSCF0252-2Skipper of the ‘Copious‘, Richard Brewer, a fifth generation fisherman out of Whitby, repairs lines on the keyside



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