Never let it be said that I don’t enjoy a good party! I was lucky enough to photograph my second Latimer Hinks Charity Ball on Friday at Wynyard Hall. It was a great evening of fundraising for St Teresa’s Hospice and other local Darlington Charities.
Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by close up magicians David Penn and Arron Jones, and vocalist Cole Page. Despite photographing and viewing the same tricks a few times, I am still none the wiser as to how the magic tricks were done, but they were very impressive.
Cole also tested the vocal talents of some of the guests…with mixed results it is fair to say. Thank goodness it didn’t occur to him to pick on the photographer.
Later guests enjoyed a disco and mobile casino.
Of course I can’t forget to mention Margaret and Iain who manned the tombola yet again and didn’t stop smiling all evening (and quietly kept an eye on my spare camera equipment too).
Finally a very well done to all involved in the organising, it was a great evening and raised a substantial amount for the charities.
To view or purchase more images from the evening see the Latimer Hinks Charity Ball Gallery.
For up-to-date details of totals raised on the night see the Latimer Hinks Blog.
Latimer Hinks Solicitors: www.latimerhinks.co.uk
St Teresa’s Hospice: www.darlingtonhospice.org.uk/
Cole Page, Vocalist: www.colepage.co.uk
David Penn, Close Up Magic: www.DavidPenn.co.uk
Arron Jones, Magician: www.ArronJonesMagic.co.uk
It is that time of year again. Winter woollies located and heading for Stockton Riverside for a fabulous fireworks display. Maybe I was a bit keen this year as I was only the second photographer to arrive at my chosen pitch (a full hour and twenty minutes before it started). It had the advantage that the fireworks were framed by the impressive Infinity Bridge, but the music designed to go with the fireworks doesn’t really reach that far. Having said that there was a good atmosphere and I got chatting to lots of photographers, including local Landscape Photographer Paul Downing Photography who first encouraged me to go along last year.
The jury is out on whether these images top the ones I got last year, but there are a few goodies in there I hope you will agree.
Sadly the usual gridlock trying to get out of Stockton put a bit of a dampener on things, but I had gone prepared this year and decided to wait it out whilst catching up on a bit of gossip and having a cuppa (yes I did take a thermos flask!). A very well done to all involved in putting on and supporting the display.
Paul Downing Photography http://pauldowningphotography.com/
I like autumn! This may be due to my ability to get sunburn in candle light of course, but being able to put away the sunscreen and dive back into jeans and woolly socks is a pleasure. It is also harvest time so apple crumble and other comfort food is back on the menu too! For our family it also means we get competitive as we try and outdo each other by entering various classes at Stokesley Agricultural Show. No prizes for us this year, but there is always September 2014!
There were some great entries in the painting classes as ever.
The handicrafts tent had plenty to see, with knitting, painting, photography, baking and the intriguing classes of “____________ in any medium”. This year the blank was a hedgehog. See below for the winner. Not to mention the two catch all classes “not on schedule > 30cm” and “not on schedule < 30 cm”!!!
If you do happen to go next year, be sure to have a look in the children’s tent. My favourite class, although I am not sure what it is officially called, is the “fruit and vegetable animals” class. Take a look and see if you could disagree!
Finally, everyone was talking about the biggest pumpkin. And who wouldn’t be, coming in at 700 lb – that is 50 stone!
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