A year of photos from the north east of England

A year ago today (1 April 2015) I upped sticks and moved from the seaside town of Whitby, where I was the sole photographer on the weekly local paper, the Whitby Gazette and ventured even further north to Durham, a base for my new job covering the whole of the north east for the UK’s largest independent news agency – SWNS.
I thought I would share some of my photos taken in this past year to show the variety of assignments and subjects I get to cover in this role.
You will notice some of my photos are from Whitby, where I have been able to bring national coverage to stories from some of my old contacts and knowledge of the area.

One of my first assignments was to shoot portraits of Shane Taylor from Middlesbrough, a reformed criminal who went from being classed as “dangerous” by the Home Office, and being feared in maximum security prisons, to finding God and trying to help others change their ways


Inowashi, a Steller’s Sea Eagle enjoys her daily fish and chips from Scott’s fish and chip shop in Helmsley North Yorkshire. The Steller’s Sea Eagle is one of the rarest species of eagle in the world with a wingspan of around 8ft. She is owned by Charlie Heap at The International Centre for Birds of Prey at Duncombe Park, Helmsley


Pensioner Ken Nevison, 84, from Shildon, County Durham is a double black belt (second dan) in Tai Kwon Do and regualrly enjoys a variety of martial arts


Ex-battery hens are enjoying a new lease of life at a sheltered housing complex after Residents at Abbeyfield’s Armstrong House in Bamburgh took care of the new arrivals. Joan Bird and other residents have been knitting jackets to keep the balder chickens warm


Mods, Skinheads and Scooter enthusiasts gather in Whitby over the Easter weekend for the first annual Scooter Rally of 2014


 Jake McKenna and Katie Davies from Birmingham at the bi-annual Goth Weekend festival in Whitby, North Yorkshire
Goths start to arrive in Whitby, North Yorkshire for the bi-annual Goth Festival. The town was shrouded in a heavy mist of sea fret adding to the atmosphere of the weekend which includes stalls and music events. Rachel Barrett and her daughter from Stockton 
Brian Allanson is a full time Austin Powers impersonator from Whitby. Brian, 55, decided to try and increase people’s “mojo” in the sea side town this bank holiday weekend by causing some havoc


Nicole Plant, 27, samples Teare Wood Ice Cream Parlour’s new flavour, Fish and Chip ice cream. The ice cream consists of a scoop of chip flavour, a scoop of minted mushy pea flavour and a scoop of fish flavour rolled in scraps, all served in a cone with a chip as a flake. Owner Shane Teare of Whitby created the flavours and has experimented with others such as corned beef flavour and garlic


A 9″5 sculpture made from corteen steel was installed on Seaham seafront today. The sculpture, made by Ray Lonsdale of a World War One soldier reflects the first minute of peacetime after the war. It also represents Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is situated on the sea front near the Terrace Green cenotaph and will be in place for three months. The sculpture proved popular amongst the public on its first day, with young and old stopping to admire it or take photos


Sunrise at Seaham, in the shadow of “Tommy” or “1101” as it is formally known ,on remembrance Sunday


A woman attends the first day of the annual Appley Horse Fair in Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria, a traditional fair where gypsies and travelers come to buy horses


Durham Constabulary’s latest recruits are ten garden gnomes which will be placed around Darlington offering important safety messages


Rooney the 18 day old donkey who (supposedly) enjoys a game of football, at Playdale Farm Park at Cayton near Scarborough with owners Megan, 16, and Jackie Wilson


Lee Treadwell with sister Zoe (left) and girlfriend Beth Craven, on his homecoming from Afghanistan at York Minster


Aron Dale, 25, from Redcar who is a professional Harry Styles lookalike, and arguably the worst


Cassie Jury, 26, from Scunthorpe soaks up some rays on the grass in the main arena at Leeds Festival


A rainbow of wellies on display in the mud at Leeds Festival


Trouble begins as festival goers start to leave Bramham Park today after three days of Leeds Festival. Most abandoned their tents as well as deck chairs, airbeds and litter while others opted to set fire to them using aerosols


Dorothy “Doris” Taylor from the Tilsley Estate in Stockton who will be starring in the next series of Benefits street, and has been tipped as the next White Dee


Nikki Holroyd who is responsible for looking after Jed the Lurcher, who has been in care for seven years at the Darlington Dogs Trust (Jed has since been rehomed)


George Square was a hotspot for Scottish Yes campaigners taking to the streets to sing, wave flags and dance in Glasgow during the Scottish Independence Referendum


A “No” campaigner is taunted by a group of “Yes” campaigners at George Square in Glasgow during the Scottish Independence Referendum


It all becomes too much for one reveller at George Square in Glasgow during the Scottish Independence Referendum


Wartime re-enactors wait for a train at Pickering station at the annual Wartime Weekend organised by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway


70 years on from the Normandy beach landings and Britain hasn’t lost its wartime spirit, Grosmont, a small village nestled in the North Yorkshire Moors has been transported back in time for three days as part of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s wartime event 


Mum of two, Charlotte Tumilty, 26, had to leave school on her first day as a teaching assistant after being asked to cover her tattoos


Finley Parkin, 17 months old, enjoys the first official day of autumn, playing with some fallen leaves on a country lane in the village of Sleights, near Whitby, North Yorkshire


Whitby’s All Weather lifeboat leads a flotilla of boats commemorating the centenary of the Rohilla disaster.
Particularly proud of this photo which made the Guardian eyewitness (centre spread)


Coxwain of Whitby lifeboat Mike Rusell (left) and second Coxwain Nick Botham commemorating the centenary of one of the most dramatic rescues in history today, the Rohilla disaster


All hands on deck. Emma Spencer from Whitby and her dog Beattie attempt to free her red Beetle from the snow on the A169 Pickering to Whitby road


Former footballer Clarke Carlisle outside his home in Cattal, with injuries from his suicide attempt after he jumped in front of a lorry on the A64 in York


Scott Stephenson, 19, leaving South Tyneside Magistrate’s Court after he admitted stealing a mobile phone from a man who lay dying in South Shields