Saturday, September 30, 2006

Cylinder and hat.

Middle Dock Demolition

It's back to the demolition at the old Middle Docks, South Shields for today's picture. A desolate scene encompassing almost total destruction as old makes way for new.

picture of demolition work at Middle Docks, South Shields



Friday, September 29, 2006

Don't Panic!

Honda Formula 4-stroke Championship.

A recent event in South Shields was a two day -two rounds heat of the Honda Formula 4-stroke Championship for power boats. The evnt at Sandhaven Beach drew large crowds on what was a very misty day, the sea fret extending up over the beach and onto the promenade. However, I managed to pull some shots out of the murky mist, and I'm quite happy with the sharpness of most of them considering the high speeds of the competitors.

picture of power boat race, Sandhaven Beach, South Shields



Thursday, September 28, 2006

Tickets please

Park Lane Interchange

This is Sunderland's primary bus station in Park Lane, It is also the Metro (underground) railway station, so the two link together nicely. You can travel to Sunderland from South Shields either on the bus or the Metro and end up here, right in the town centre. This is what I like about our public transport, it is well integrated. There are similar interchanges in Gateshead, South Shields, and Newcastle (Haymarket)

picture of Park Lane bus station, Sunderland



Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Gateway

Waterloo Square

This is the entrance to our newest shopping development in South Shields. Waterloo Square has four quite large retail outlets, British Home Stores, Debenhams, Next, and River Island. It has been a big success so far after being built on the land vacated by the old Victorian police station and the fire station.

picture of Waterloo Square, South Shields



Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Office

Middle Dock demolition

On my recent visit to the old Middle Dock in South Shields I found that I was fascinated by the destructive power of the demolition crew. Centuries of maritime history, ship repair and shipbuilding skills, reduced to dust and rubble. Here is the office, an old portacabin, used by the demolition men.

picture of office in Middle Dock, South Shields



Monday, September 25, 2006

A new dawn

South Shields harbour

This shot was taken from Tynemouth on the North bank of the River Tyne looking into South Shields harbour, and it shows The Groyne pier and the South pier at low tide, at around 06.00 a.m.

picture of South Shields harbour and The Groyne



Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Final Run

Bob Stokoe

Sean Hedges-Quinn's bronze statue of Bob Stokoe was unveiled at the Stadium of Light in July by Stokoe's daughter Karen Craven. It's a very realistic image of Bob, whom many fans referred to as "the Messiah" after he led Sunderland to that famous 1 - 0 victory over the mighty Leeds United in the F.A. Cup Final at Wembley in 1973. One of the most popular memories of that day is the lasting image of Bob racing onto the pitch at the final whistle to hug and embrace goalkeeper Jim Montgomery, who as much as anyone was responsible for that cup win.
It is fitting that an appeal by fans and the club raised all of the money to pay for the work, and that it now greets fans as they arrive at the stadium.
I hope you like my interpretation of it.

picture of Bob Stokoe statue at the Stadium of Light



Saturday, September 23, 2006

High Force

The tallest waterfall in England

High Force is the tallest waterfall in England with a drop of 21 metres, the River Tees runs through County Durham and enters the North Sea near Middlesbrough. It is located near Middleton-in-Teesdale on the Raby Estate, just over an hour's drive from South Shields.
View map.

picure of High Force waterfall



Friday, September 22, 2006

The Sweep

Dirty old man

This man is in fact a children's entertainer and was captured at his stall in a business exhibition in the Bents Park, South Shields. He obviously enjoys dressing up, today he was a Victorian chimney sweep!

picture of a chimney sweep



Thursday, September 21, 2006

Seat of Power

South Shields Town Hall

The Town hall in Westoe Road, South Shields is the administrative headquarters of South Tyneside District Council. It opened in 1910 and features a copper weather vane in the form of a ship on top of the clock tower. The weather vane is large enough to hold six grown adults. This photograph was taken 8.30 in the evening and is illuminated by the weakening rays of the setting sun.

This shot is featured in this week's Best of Daily Photo

picture of South Shields Town Hall



Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Gentle thoughts

Moving waters of life

I find that images of moving water give way to reflective thoughts, a peace descends upon the mind, and we wish to hear the sounds of the babbling brook. Is this how they affect you too?

picture of waterfall


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The harvest

Gathering nectar.

Late summer and the bees are busy collecting nectar.
Macro photography isn't my forte, and these two didn't want to sit still for the camera, but I hope I'm showing some promise!

picture of bees and a flower


Monday, September 18, 2006

"We're on our way"

Red and white army

I went to watch the Sunderland v Leicester match on Saturday, and captured this shot of hundreds of our supporters descending on the Stadium of Light from Sheepfolds Bridge. I think it captures the spirit of the City, all together supporting the one cause.

picure, Sunderland fans arriving at the Stadium of Light



Sunday, September 17, 2006


Entrusted, encrusted, and rusted.

The Middle Docks in South Shields are being dismantled and demolished to make way for new riverside developments. I was attracted by the colours and textures of this chain and padlock, the only post processing here is a little sharpening (although it is not too apparent in it's compressed form.)

picure of chain and padlock, Middle Dock, South Shields



Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bits and pieces


Peddle boats in the South Marine Park, South Shields, chopped up and moved around with Photoshop. The boating lake is very popular on Sundays with many model boats on show, it also features a nine inch guage steam railway carrying passengers around the lake.

picture, boats in the South Marine Park lake, South Shields



Friday, September 15, 2006

Golden slumbers

Harbour sunset

A lone angler and his boat bobbing about in the quiet harbour of the River Tyne, South Shields. I liked this sunset so much, I decided to mount it on the wall, using a Photoshop action.

This shot is featured in this week's Best of Daily Photo

picture of the sunset in South Shields harbour



Thursday, September 14, 2006

Looking South

Cleadon Hills

Cleadon Hills are at the southern edge of South Shields, a popular scenic place for walks and picnics as well as being home to farmers and the South Shields Golf Club. This view looks south towards Seaburn and Roker in Sunderland and picks out the piers jutting into the North Sea. It was a blustery and damp day, as the sky suggests.

picture, Cleadon Hills, South Shields



Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A new life

My first Sunderland shirt.

As is the case with many European towns and cities we are fanatical about football in South Shields, and being between two major teams is a bit of a dilemna for some. Newcastle United are playing in the Premiership and Sunderland are playing in the Championship. I am a long suffering Sunderland supporter and couldn't resist the opportunity to "create" this image for one of my friends when he discovered that his wife was expecting their first child. The scan was taken in South Tyneside District Hospital's excellent maternity unit a couple of years ago.

picture, scanned image of foetus in the womb, with Sunderland shirt


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Ring awaits

Baseline Chaos

This picture was taken at a recent event in the South Marine Park, South Shields and shows some of the "Baseline Chaos" circus performers waiting to enter the ring of the big top. I've attempted to reproduce the effect of an old lith type print, using Photoshop, hoping that it has turned out O.K.

picture of circus performers in South Marine Park, South Shields


Best of Daily Photo features a selection of pictures chosen from amongst the Daily Photo community, since this photoblog is less than two months old I'm surprised and elated that two of my shots have featured in this week's edition, "Cricket, lovely cricket" and "National Anthem."
I wondered why a cricket picture could fascinate so many (cricket is not quite a universal game.)

Marie, who operates the site had this to say;

"One of the criteria I use when I select for Best of DP is, does this image capture something unique to that particular place? Whether anyone else is interested in cricket is another story, and one I couldn't answer. But you did show us a scene that couldn't have come from Hong Kong, Paris or New York. And you captured it well, and it was a lovely shot!"


Monday, September 11, 2006

John Simpson Kirkpatrick

The man with the donkey.

John Simpson Kirkpatrick was born in South Shields on 6th. July 1892 and during his 25 days stint in the Gallipoli campaign with the Australian Army Medical Corps, he and his donkey "Duffy" retrieved over 300 casualties from the battlefield, before he was killed by a sniper. The Australian government is presently reviewing his case with a view to awarding him the Australian V.C. posthumously. Let's hope they do.

This picture is a detail from a bronze statue erected in his memory in Ocean Road, South Shields, I will post the full picture shortly.

picture of statue, John Simpson Kirkpatrick, South Shields



Sunday, September 10, 2006

Heart of Gold

The Busker

I had left the Corner Shop at lunchtime today to have a walk into the town centre and find a sandwich, as I walked down King Street, South Shields, I heard the falsetto tones of a busker singing;

I want to live,
I want to give
Ive been a miner for a heart of gold.
Its these expressions I never give
That keep me searching for a heart of gold
And Im getting old.

He sounded just like Neil Young, so I had to throw a quid into his hat!

picture of a busker in King Street, South Shields



Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Big Rock

Graham Sands

Graham Sands is a small area located behind Trow Rocks in South Shields, it's part of our rugged but beautiful coastline. Here the viewpoint is looking north towards Tynemouth, our south pier and lighthouse are on the horizon. I find the area very fascinating and tranquil at low tide, but raw and exciting at high tide.

picture of Graham Sands, Trow Rocks, South Shields



Friday, September 08, 2006

Away day - Hexham Abbey

North Transept Hexham Abbey

I've posted this larger image following a request from Carlos in Barcelona who took a liking to the Postcard from Hexham, back in August. This is the North transept and windows in the abbey, the organ gantry is on the right hand side. The abbey was founded by St. Wilfred in 674 A.D. and the original church was built using stones taken from Hadrian's Wall.

Picture of the north transept of Hexham Abbey



Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Nymph

Spirit of South Tyneside

This sculpture is located in Market Dock, South Shields and faces the River Tyne as it makes it's way out to the North Sea. She is known as The Spirit of South Tyneside and encapsulates our vision of looking forward whilst holding on to our maritime past. The original coloured image has been toned and tinted using an action that I wrote for Photoshop.

picture of sculpture, The Spirit of South Tyneside, South Shields



Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Cricket lovely cricket

Whitburn Cricket Club

This is one of the loveliest cricket clubs in the Borough of South Tyneside, here we see the home team coming out with the umpires to prepare for their innings. Whitburn Hall is in the background behind the trees. This illustrates the quintessential English summer, sipping cold beer in front of the pavillion, enjoying a game of cricket in the warm sunshine!

This shot is featured in this week's Best of Daily Photo

picture, Whitburn Cricket Club



Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The waiting

Boredom threshold.

Along with thousands of other school children in South Tyneside the boredom threshold will have been reached by now. These two were caught hanging around the circus in New Road, Boldon Colliery. Well the long wait is over, they can go back to school tomorrow! yay!!

picture of girls outside circus in Boldon Colliery



Monday, September 04, 2006

Souter Lighthouse

National Trust treasure house

Souter Lighthouse stands on the cliff top just south of Marsden Bay, South Shields, it was the first lighthouse in the U.K. to use electricity for it's lamp. It is not in use as a lighthouse now, but is owned by the National Trust, visitors can see around the inside of the lighthouse and enjoy a meal in the small restaurant, and on good days views to the north and south are spectacular. The foghorn field is used for a variety of events during the year.

picture of Souter Lighthouse, Marsden Bay, South Shields



Sunday, September 03, 2006

National Anthem

Or just St. George's thong?

Captured at a stall in the Market Place, South Shields.

This shot is featured in this week's Best of Daily Photo

picture, market and thongs



Saturday, September 02, 2006

The "spokes man."

Portrait of a biker.

Norman Fay (snr) had a small hardware and bicycle shop in Eldon Street, South Shields, many years ago that I used to visit regularly as a young lad. Later after the street was demolished, Norman moved to a shop in Dean Road trading as T.W. Holdsworth, the bicycle part of the business is still in place although it has evolved substantially. His son, Norman, now runs the place, and Fay's Cycles is now building a reputation as a supplier of specialist Brompton folding machines, and "recumbent" tricycles. Norman still spends time servicing, rebuilding, and repairing cycles for his local customers.

His more exotic models can be purchased through his website

picture of Norman Fay



Friday, September 01, 2006

The travellers.

Early commuters.

Early morning commuters take the Metro train from South Shields to Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The Tyne Wear Metro Rapid Transit System transports thousands of commuters every day, and links South Shields with Sunderland and Newcastle International Airport. The 17 mile overland and underground travel to Newcastle is FAST (look out of the windows), the journey is over in around 20 minutes!
Where does this fit in with this month's "theme" for DP you may ask? They are crowding the "doorways"!

picture, inside a Metro train



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Location: South Shields, Tyne Wear, United Kingdom

Born in 1956, I'm a retailer, father and husband, with two young children a son born in 1997 and a daughter in 2001. I am also a former borough Councillor who has had his passion for people and politics reawakened recently.