Life’s a Bench

So I’ve been dipping in and out of a project recently that began, quite without intention, a number of years ago where I document the plaques left in memorial to loved ones on benches that I happened to pass as I was out and about on various other jobs or projects. What started out as a couple of quick shots quickly grew until I now have quite a large collection of pictures from towns all along the North Yorkshire coast – Whitby, Scarborough, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Marske, Robin Hood’s Bay and Port Mulgrave to name a few.

Some are witty and some are simple while others are more complex but each one shows that at some point someone, somewhere cared enough to go to the trouble of making a lasting reminder of someone they knew.

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Sankta Lucia 2016

Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm played the role of Lucia last night as she led the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster.

The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions and celebrates Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century and celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter.

This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers from the Jarfalla chamber choir and Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist.

The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Youngsters from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Youngsters from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.(Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09: Members of the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Starboys from the Vaxholm Boys Quintet near Stockholm, Sweden form part of the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  The Jarfalla chamber choir and Vaxholm Boys Quintet from Stockholm, Sweden perform traditional Swedish Christmas songs and carols during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

YORK, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 09:  Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm, Sweden plays the role of Lucia as she leads the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster on December 9, 2016 in York, United Kingdom. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions. Celebrating Saint Lucy who was a young Sicilian girl martyred for her Christian faith in the early 4th century it celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. This service incorporates a candlelit procession of choristers led by a young girl, Lucia, wearing a crown of candles on her head and a red sash around her waist. The crown of candles is thought to symbolise a halo and the red sash martyrdom. Lucia is followed by her attendants and the starboys. This is the fourth time the procession has been held at York Minster and is run in conjunction with the York Anglo-Scandinavian Society.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

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Autumn Steam

It was full steam ahead this weekend as visitors and rail enthusiasts came to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to enjoy the Autumn Steam Weekend. The line runs from Pickering to Whitby and is one of the most picturesque railways that still has steam locomotives running. I headed to the village of Grosmont to see what they were getting steamed up about…

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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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