In Pictures: Preston Caribbean Carnival

It’s annual tradition that has been taking place in Preston for over 40 years and this year we even experienced some Caribbean style weather to accompany this fantastic event.

This post is all about the photographs but a big thank you to all those who work so hard to arrange the event and make some superb costumes.  Here are the pictures. Click on any pictures to enter the slideshow view.


A visit to Ingleton Falls

Last week we spent a couple of days in North Yorkshire, visiting the spectacular Ingleton Falls.  It’s a few years since I was last there and not much as changed. You still have to pay to walk the countryside trail, something that doesn’t go down well with a lot of people but at least the money helps maintain the paths. At £6 each, it is a bit ‘steep’ though.

We stayed at Thornbrook Farm campsite which proved to be an excellent choice. A short stroll from Ingleton and an even shorter stroll to a large farm shop and a great local pub. The facilities on site are also excellent with one of the cleanest shower blocks I’ve ever seen plus underfloor heating too!

The local pub is The Marton Arms at Thornton in Lonsdale.  The staff were really friendly, the food was good and there was a good choice of beers on tap too. Easy to see why, even on a cold mid-week night, it was a popular location.

Back to the Falls themselves and we didn’t visit on the best of days. It was cold, very windy and muddy but, it was still an enjoyable walk. We chatted, on the way round, to an avid walker who was originally from Yorkshire but who now lives in Australia. He was reminiscing about the last time he was here, when he worked as a gamekeeper in the area. He has walked trails all around the world but the icy winds and driving rain earlier that week had forced him to abandon his planned walk. I could relate to that as we walked over the tops on the North Yorkshire fells, the wind driving you back and the icy spots of rain stinging the cheeks. The walk itself took us about two and a half hours in total and there is a cafe hut half way round with toilet facilities

As some point I’d like to return to Ingleton and spend more time photographing the falls.

Here are a few pictures from our visit.

Ingleton Falls in North Yorkshire

Ingleton Falls

Thornton Force, the largest of the waterfalls on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Thornton Force


The Marton Arms

St Oswald's Church at Thornton in Lonsdale

St Oswald’s at Thornton in Lonsdale


North Yorkshire Countryside


Defeat for PNE Ladies in final game

Preston North End Ladies suffored a disappointing 3-0 defeat in their final game of the season against Carlisle Ladies.  There was an inevitability about the result today, as Preston only managed to field nine players but even so, the performance was a bit lack-lustre.

Carlisle struggled for a while but went into the break one goal to the good. Two second half goals sealed it for them.   Not much else to say really – the season just petered out.

Here are the photos from the game…


PNE Ladies take on top of the league Penrith

Preston North End Ladies have been in good form recently, winning their last three games and moving away from the foot of the table. Today’s visitors Penrith AFC Ladies have also been going great guns and are unbeaten this season – something had to give down at the UCLan arena.

The match proved to be a fantastic game of football, both sides 100 percent committed to the cause.  It was a game of contrasting styles. Preston playing a really good passing game while Penrith relied heavily on the long ball game. It’s a tactic that works well for them and it was Penrith who broke the deadlock against the run of play.

Preston had been playing the better football and they continued to do so, equalising with a shot from the edge of the box before half time. It was richly deserved.

The second half continued as the first. Penrith continued to work hard and got a second to take the lead, again somewhat against the run of play.  Preston continued to push forward, never giving up but Penrith extended their lead and made it three with the last kick of the game.

Well done to both teams on a great game of football. Preston played the better football and deserved to get something from the game but it was Penrith who stole the points, continuing their unbeaten run.


Another three points for PNE Ladies

I don’t recall covering a night match for PNE Ladies before so the game against Burscough Dynamo was a first for me. This presented challenges from a photographic point of view. The low levels of lighting on the Sport Arena pitch meant that ISO levels were maxing out at ISO12800 and I still wasn’t really getting the shutter speeds I needed. The added misery of cold and driving rain was lifted slightly by the fact that PNE Ladies impressed again and secured a 3-0 win.

Well done to both teams for playing some good football in difficult conditions.  Here are the pictures…

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PNE Ladies score six to beat Morecambe

A fantastic performance today by PNE Ladies as they beat Morecambe Ladies Reserves 6-2 at UCLan Arena. Preston blew Morecambe away in the first half, which they completely dominated, scoring four good goals.

To their credit Morecambe Ladies came out fighting in the second half and competed strongly, pegging Preston back.  Morecambe managed to score a couple of goals but Preston took advantage as the visitors pushed forward and scored another couple of quality goals themselves.

PNE Ladies are playing with confidence at the moment and hopefully they can keep up this momentum till the end of the season.

Here are the pictures. Click on any picture to enter slideshow view.


Deserved win for PNE Ladies

On a freezing cold afternoon, PNE Ladies triumphed over Bolton Wanderers u21 Ladies at the UCLan arena.  The final score was 3-1 to PNE.

It was a vital win for Preston against  another team struggling at the bottom of the league.  PNE dominated throughout the game and the scale of their victory could have been greater based on the number of chances and pattern of play.

The condition were difficult – a bitingly cold wind and the odd flurry of snowflakes. Credit to both sides for the way they went about the game.

It is to be hoped that this will give PNE the confidence to go on and win more games in the weeks ahead.