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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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

You can see some of the picture uses below and those that ran on the Guardian website can be seen here

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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.



Great North PassionBents Park crucifix

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

Great North Passion

Great North Passion

Great North Passion


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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 those at the head of the column. Many travelled by foot but some rattled their way towards the city on horse drawn wagons. The pitmen, whilst a little apprehensive about the welcome they might receive from the city folk, marched proudly and with purpose.

The city people were not happy that these pitmen were making their way towards their city. They were, in the eyes of those who lived within the relative comfort of the city, a race apart. Living hand to mouth in small isolated villages they eked out a meagre existence. These pitmen who lived constantly within earshot of the clatter of the winding engines and who were always covered by the ever present black dust that permeated everything they owned. Living in their small homes engulfed with the sulphurous fumes that spewed from the ventilation furnaces they were, to the city dwellers, like marauding clans. Coming to their city and taking their pleasure in ale-houses, gambling at pitch and toss or wagering on cockfights. On their way to town they poached the squire’s pheasants and game and stole turnips from his fields and if all of this wasn’t bad enough it was their smouldering discontent, which could erupt at any moment into riot, that was feared most.


These days the Durham Big Meeting is a little more sedate, if no less lively or busy. Still open to the odd pint or two being swilled and in its recent past even the odd fight or two has been known to break out. But generally speaking the Durham Miners Gala, or ‘Durham Big Meeting’ as it is called locally, is a little less violent. The winding engines have slowed to a halt. The black dust has now settled. The sulphurous fumes no longer rise into the air. Where once a hundred mines made up the mighty Durham coalfield, today, none remain.


Today, events began with many hundreds of people meeting up in the Market Place of the city. the main assembly point for the start of the parade through Durham. The colliery brass bands and banners, followed by those with allegiance to those former great colliery villages start to march from there to the cities Racecourse. As they pass the County Hotel on Old Elvet they walked past union leaders, invited guests and local dignitaries who greet the march from the hotel balcony.

The procession can take three to four hours to pass the County Hotel due to the huge numbers of people attending and the frequent pauses at the hotel. However, an amazing atmosphere of street theatre is created making the occasion more a fiesta than a march.

The bands pause beneath the balcony to play their musical ‘party piece’ before marching on the rest of the distance to the Racecourse where a platform waits for the speakers to address the crowds. There are food stalls, funfairs and rides offering excitement and thrills to those willing to have a go. Their banners, carried with pride through the city are now all secured to the surrounding fences in a tapestry of tradition and working class history that remains a source of pride and sadness for an industry lost to the people of the Durham coalfield.




The Foghorn’s Lament

Hundreds of spectators crowded onto cliffs in the northeast of England earlier today to watch  a musical performance celebrating the foghorn. The event, held at Souter lighthouse in South Shields, England was called ‘Foghorn Requiem’. It was written by Orlando Gough and was performed by three brass bands, an armada of ships that were positioned offshore and the Souter Lighthouse Foghorn. It was conducted and controlled from shore with the ships sounding their foghorns to the musical score. The idea was that the piece of music would would take into account the landscape and the physical distance of sound. The piece was performed live to audiences on the coastal cliffs and played across a space of several miles around Souter Lighthouse.


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A woman waits on a hillside at the start of the ‘Foghorn Requiem’

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Orlando Gough, the composer of ‘Foghorn Requiem’, poses for a picture in front of Souter Lighthouse

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Musicians wait for the start of the ‘Foghorn Requiem’ at Souter Lighthouse in South Shields

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Spectators sit and watch the performance of ‘Foghorn Requiem’ at Souter Lighthouse

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A woman gets a closer view of the ships out at sea during the performance

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An artist paints the scene at the ‘Foghorn Requiem’ in South Shields

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Steven Symons, a cornet player with the NASUWT Riverside Band from Chester le Street plays solo at the top of Souter lighthouse during the performance

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Steven Symons, a cornet player with the NASUWT Riverside Band from Chester le Street plays solo at the top of Souter lighthouse during the performance

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The DFDS ferry Princess Seaways sits out at sea during the performance of the ‘Foghorn Requiem’

Foghorn Requiem

The band plays with musical accompaniment from the foghorns on-board the ships and yachts out at sea during the ‘Foghorn Requiem’

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A spectator cups his hands over his ears to catch all the sounds of the foghorns during the performance

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The performance of ‘Foghorn Requiem’ at Souter Lighthouse near South Shields

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