Altrincham Ladies-v-PNE Ladies

The first half of this Cup game is one that PNE Ladies will want to forget.  Defensive frailties and missed chances meant that they went into the break two-nil down. Strangely they could and should have had at least there goals in that half while Altrincham could also have scored more.

In the second half things improved slightly but Preston still couldn’t score and it was clear that this was turning into a collective ‘bad day at the office’. PNE were missing their Captain today and it showed. In the end Preston finished the game with nine players due to injuries and the game ended 3-0 to Altrincham Ladies who deserved their win. For me, this was the team’s poorest performance of the season so far.

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Blackpool Festival of Light

Blackpool has been busy as crowds flocked to the resort for the LightPool event which took place this week. I visited on the night when the three illuminated trams paraded together along the promenade escorted along the way by the Spark Drummers.

It was a great event and I wish I could have made it along on more than night. Here are a few pictures…

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Carnival of Light attracts crowds to Blackpool, UK.

Photographing Prince Harry with the Fuji X-T2

When I received details of a royal visit to Lancashire by Prince Harry today, I just had to pop along and take a few photographs.

I was asked if I would be interested in taking a few pictures for Alamy Live News and I chose to attend two of his local engagements. In all honesty, the only way I could have made all four was if I’d hitched a lift with Harry. As that was a non-starter I decided to cover his visit to St Michael’s on Wyre and to the UCLan Sport Arena.

Prince Harry returned to St Michael’s on Wyre, in follow up to his visit to the flood affected village in February 2016. Around 1700 businesses and homes were damaged across the Lancashire district in the lead up to New Year in 2016.

His Royal Highness met members of the community to learn about the recovery that has been achieved by the local people. Prince Harry officially reopened the village hall at a reception attended by those who played a crucial role in response to the flooding crisis.

For this engagement I chose to stand with the public rather than the static press position. The static position had a fair view but was set back and the press guys had some really long lenses – the kind of lenses that Fuji just don’t make at present. A limited number of press did get in close but unfortunately I wasn’t one of the favoured few.

On the second engagement I covered, I was at the UCLan Sport Arena. This time I did choose to stick with the static press group, as there wasn’t really any other alternative. It was raining and light was disappearing fast, not a problem for the X-T2 and 50-140mm lens as it’s weather sealed, but for the most part we were set back a long way and I had no match for their fast 500mm and 600mm lenses.

At the UCLan arena Prince Harry visited the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre and the Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club – two community organisations using the power of sport as a means for social development and inclusion.



Beyond Limits – American Sculpture

In this, my second blog post from Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, I am featuring a few photographs taken in the grounds of this magnificent house. The photos are of sculptures that feature in this year’s Beyond Limits exhibition. There are some thought provoking sculptures on display – some good thoughts, some not so good but check them out and see what you think.

As well as the American Sculptures, Chatsworth has many of its own art works on display in the grounds too and it all helps to make a visit just that little bit more interesting than many historic properties you can pay to visit.

The American Sculpture exhibition features 22 art works, though one has been removed and appears to have been replaced by a garden chair! You can view Beyond Limits – American Sculptures until 12 November.

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And the one that appears to have been replaced by a garden chair is possibly the best of the lot!


‘House Style’ fashion at Chatsworth

We visited Chatsworth House in Derbyshire this week to catch the ‘House Style’, fashion exhibition before it closes.

The exhibition celebrates five centuries of fashion through art, jewellery, design, textiles and costumes. Garments from many of the world’s best known designers are on display including Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.

The show also features personal family collections, including items belonging to the current Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. For anyone interested in fashion, it’s a must-see exhibition which hopefully, you will already have visited.

The exhibition closes on the 22nd October but here are a few photos from our visit.

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In Pictures: PNE Ladies-v-Cammell Laird Ladies

A slow start to the game from PNE Ladies cost them dear today as they conceded four first half goals in a mad 10 minute period.

It was only then, when the game had all but disappeared that PNE started playing with a bit of fire and passion. It’s been a familiar pattern to games this season and something that must be addressed if they are to get their first victory of the season.

To their credit PNE never gave up and in the second half were on top. They did manage to pull one goal back and came close to getting a couple more goals but they’d given themselves far too much to do. The game finished with a comfortable victory to Cammell Laird in the end, who withstood the pressure well and looked a decent side.

Here are the pictures from the game. Click on any picture for slideshow view.