The 132nd Durham Miners Gala

More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham coalfield the Miners Gala or the Big Meeting as it is known locally remains as popular as ever with over 150,000 expected to attend this year for the 132nd gala. The gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area andContinue reading “The 132nd Durham Miners Gala”

The real Northern Powerhouse

More than two decades after the last pit closed in the Durham Coalfield the Durham Miners Gala or the ‘Big Meeting’ as the event is also known remains as popular as ever. The Gala forms part of the culture and heritage of the area and represents the communal values of the North East of England.Continue reading “The real Northern Powerhouse”

Durham Regatta

Durham Regatta has its origins in the annual procession of boats, originally organised by the Sheriff of County Durham and the Rt. Hon. William Lloyd Wharton, in June 1815 to celebrate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo. The event included the firing of cannon and a meal with beer for those who had foughtContinue reading “Durham Regatta”

Boxing Clever

I was in Horden in County Durham a couple of days ago on assignment for Getty Images shooting material for a pre-election feature on the town. During the day that I spent there I came across a boxing club and after a little digging found out that it was open later that evening so IContinue reading “Boxing Clever”

Pitmen’s Pride

From early morning on the twelfth of August in 1871 groups of miners and their families made their way steadily towards the City of Durham. Like small conquering armies they headed towards the cathedral city along the small roads and tracks that snaked through the countryside marching behind heavy canvas banners held aloft by thoseContinue reading “Pitmen’s Pride”

Here comes the Bishop

The Right Reverend Paul Butler attends his inauguration service in Durham Cathedral, England. The Bishop has served as the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and previously as the Bishop of Southampton. He becomes the 74th Bishop of Durham. http://www.ianforsythphotography.co.uk Getty Images Pictures copyright Ian Forsyth/Getty Images 2014

Lumiere lights up…

The Lumiere Light Festival comes to the City of Durham for the third time this weekend and brings large scale projections, neon lights and light installations all used to create a nocturnal art trail through the city….here’s a small selection from earlier this evening….   ‘Crown of Light’ A projection onto the Cathedral featuring illuminatedContinue reading “Lumiere lights up…”

Tapestry of Tradition

From early morning on the twelfth of August in 1871 groups of miners and their families made their way steadily towards the City of Durham. Like small conquering armies they headed towards the cathedral city along the small roads and tracks that snaked through the countryside marching behind heavy canvas banners held aloft by thoseContinue reading “Tapestry of Tradition”

Twenty years on

Twenty years to the day after the closure of Easington colliery in County Durham former miners and their families held an event today to remember the closure of the mine and the resulting impact it had on what was one of the major coal production mines in the country. Coincidentally the funeral of Margaret ThatcherContinue reading “Twenty years on”