Year of the Rooster

Thousands of visitors came to Chinatown in Newcastle Upon Tyne to watch and take part in the Chinese New Year celebrations to mark The Year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year is China’s most important traditional festival and brings families and communities together for a week long public holiday.

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Women’s March – London

On the day following the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States close to 100,000 protestors marched on London to voice their opposition to his presidency and to spread a message of inclusiveness and positivity in the wake of the rising tide of intolerance and division that has emerged from the US election.

The Women’s March On London was one of hundreds of similar protests taking place in major cities around the globe with participants of all genders, races and political beliefs taking part. In their mission statement the march organisers said that their aim was to take a stand against a growing right-wing political sentiment in all its forms, including homophobia, transphobia, anti-muslim bigotry, misogyny, class prejudice and racism.

The London march gathered outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square in Mayfair before marching through Park Lane, Piccadilly, Pall Mall and into Trafalgar Square for a rally with politicians and activists addressing the crowds.

The largest rally took place in Washington DC with an estimated half a million people taking to the streets and unconfirmed reports suggest that more protestors attended the Washington Women’s March than Trump supporters who attended the inauguration.

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The Krampus comes to Whitby

Participants dressed as the folklore figure, Krampus, posed for pictures ahead of a charity event in Whitby, North Yorkshire earlier today. The event is the only one of its kind held in the United Kingdom and helps to raise money for local charity, Whitby Wildlife Sanctuary

The Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure from Austro-Bavarian Alpine folklore who during the Christmas season punished children who have misbehaved…you have been warned…

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Hadrian’s Wall Live

The lives of Roman Legionnaires were re-enacted during the Hadrian’s Wall Live event at Birdoswald and Housesteads Roman forts over the weekend. The event which was organised by English Heritage brought together over 120 re-enactors from around Europe to create a living history camp for visitors to the ancient Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland and Cumbria. During the weekend the sights, sounds and smells of Roman and Barbarian life from around 124 AD were recreated with battle tactics, patrolling, camp life, cooking skills and equipment demonstrated. Hadrian’s Wall stretches 73 miles from sea to sea across the north of England and is a World heritage site.

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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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Hinderwell Show – 2016

The Hinderwell show in north-east Yorkshire has been held since 1868 providing family entertainment and fun with opportunities for people to show their skills and animals.

This year was the 147th show…here’s a few pictures from the day:

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2016 Sunderland International Air Show

Thousands of people attended the 28th Sunderland International Air Show on July 23, 2016 in Sunderland, England. On and above the seafronts at Roker and Seaburn on the north east coast of England it is the largest free air show in Europe. The spectators are entertained by an impressive display of aircraft from across the world along with a simulated beach assault where Royal Marines Commandos assaulted from landing craft launched from HMS Bulwark and attacking an enemy position, simulated by the Army on the beach. The show is held over three days.

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Some of the pictures from the day also ran here Daily Mail and here Northern Echo

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