This is part of a fairly long series of pictures taken on Good Friday (22.04.2011) in South Shields. I wanted to document some of our traditions which we have followed for over a century, and I wanted to depict them in the colours and styles that I remembered as a child in the 1960s, and for that reason I have attempted to replicate the slightly faded colours of old Agfa or Kodak prints using cross processing.
To try and retain some of that authenticity you will find pictures which are not particularly straight, perhaps not well focussed, or at an unusual angle, I wanted these to look like very amateurish "snaps" which might be found in any family album.
Rather than bore you all completely, I will break up the series with some other shots from time to time
Colmans in Ocean Road, South Shields is nationally renowned for its high quality fish and chips having won numerous awards, the shop has a typical take away section and fully serviced restaurant. Previous diners have included Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart (Capt. Jean-Luc Picard), South Shields MP and former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, as well as former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
After the parades have departed the Market Place the traditional thing to do is to follow them and make your way to the coast, enjoy some fish and chips in one of a number of outlets just as busy, and then enjoy all of the fun of the fairground and the public parks and beaches.
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Read my views in Curly's Corner Shop, to find out a little more about my home town South Shields.
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