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Enjoying the view in Luddenden

Watching a very swollen beck from the grounds of St Mary’s Church in the picturesque village of Luddenden, near Halifax.

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Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival

This is the ceremonial procession of the annual Sowerby Bridge Rushbearing Festival, which I shot earlier today. The day was blessed by largely good weather, and the dancers, musicians, mummers and other handsomely-attired people made for an extraordinary spectacle.

“Rushbearing dates back several centuries to the time when rushes provided floor covering in the churches. Each year, the old, rotten rushes were thrown out and new ones were taken to the churches in carts. This gradually turned into a celebration and holiday involving revelry, music and morris dancing.

The modern Festival is the only one of its kind in Yorkshire. The focal point of the event is the sixteen feet high, two-wheeled, handsomely decorated and thatched Rushcart, which is pulled by sixty local men dressed in Panama hats, white shirts, black trousers and clogs. They are accompanied by music and five or six teams of morris dancers.

A team of young ladies take turns to ride on top of the cart. A very precarious position indeed. The colourful procession is an unforgettable spectacle as it winds its way through local villages over the course of the weekend.” (excerpts from www.rushbearing.co.uk)

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Too many toys … inside Barry’s toy room

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 A look around the home studio / toy room of my mate Barry, a talented designer and collector based in Leeds (check out his agency, Analogue, here).

He’s also a bit of a vinyl toy fiend: the range of toys, prints and paintings in this room is enough to make grown men weep with jealousy.

I wouldn’t even aspire to own a collection like this: I’d lie awake at night thinking of how to protect, insure and defend it too much to actually enjoy it!

The dam at Baitings Reservoir

I used to drive past this reservoir everyday on the commute to and from work. Usually the sluices are dry and there’s a bare ring of stones above the waterline, indicating that the reservoir still had capacity. Not today though: excess water flowed powerfully down the face of the dam, under a glowering sky. So much for summer!

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