Lancashire Encounter – we must do it again sometime.

It was a real pleasure to see Preston so busy this last weekend. I was photographing the Lancashire Encounter event in Preston’s City Centre which seemed to provide something for everyone with plenty of art, music, dance and culture on show. It set out to be a bold and imaginative spectacle and it certainly seemed to achieve its aim. From Tai Chi on the Friday to Burlesque and Indian dancing on the Sunday it was as diverse as the audience that turned out in the sunshine to enjoy the programme of events.

Many of my photographs have already appeared online on Blog Preston but here are a few of my favourites from the weekend.

Most of the photographs were taken with a Fuji X-T1 with 50-140mm lens and a few were taken on the Fuji X-Pro1 with 10-24mm and 35mm lenses.

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Morris Dancing their way to a new world record

This weekend I’ve been taking in a bit of traditional morris dancing and I even had the privilege of witnessing a new Guinness World Record.  The world record attempt took place on Preston’s historic Flag Market and was part of a weekend of celebration to mark the 21st birthday of local Morris Dance troupe ‘Stone the Crows’.

Morris Dancing groups from across Britain came together for the event and subject to official confirmation, managed to set a new world record by having 145 dancers perform together for over five minutes. It doesn’t sound that difficult but apparently the previous record had stood since 1999!

So, that was Saturday and congratulations to all involved.

The second encounter with these intrepid folk dancers was in Worden Park at Leyland, the home-base of Stone the Crows.  It was a fine sunny day and the park was the perfect setting for more rythmic stepping, clacking of sticks and jingling of bells.

All the pictures here were taken with either the Fuji X-Pro1 fitted with a 10-24mm lens or the Fuji X-T1 with 50-140mm lens.