Cheltenham – the week before 2019 General Election

Canaries (or pigeon) this winter?

All these images were taken in Cheltenham town centre in the week before the 2019 General Election.

Alex Chalk was re-elected as Conservative MP for this marginal constituency with a reduced majority of just 981 votes.Read More

Ride for Ryder – Cheltenham 2019

Earlier this year the fund-raising team at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice invited me to capture the fun and excitement of their annual cycling challenge – Ride for Ryder 2019.

This is one of the longest running and best-loved charity cycling events in the UK. It starts in the centre of Cheltenham and offers riders a choice of 40km, 90km or 130km routes around the Cotswolds.  Last year’s event raised over £50,000 for the hospice.

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Black and White Photos of Blackburn in the 1970s

A few months ago, I found a set of black and white negatives while sorting through my filing system.  The pictures of children playing in the streets in Blackburn were taken in the mid-1970s for a school photo competition – which I won with a picture of a young girl in a chequered coat.

Anticipating the potential value of the photos, I contacted the community history librarian at Blackburn Central Library.  Mary Painter described the negatives as ‘gold dust’ and introduced me to Bill Jacobs – a journalist at the Lancashire Telegraph.Read More

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