Tag: New Brighton

The River of Light

It’s great to see Liverpool do big fireworks displays on Bonfire Night again. Sure we’ve had stunning ones for cruise ship visits but I think it’s been a while since there was a bonfire night one.

I’m usually commissioned to photograph these events so it was nice to have the night off and enjoy it as a human. Of course I took a camera just in case.

It was a stunning display. My wife and I really enjoyed it. We loved that it was a big display in New Brighton so we could easily walk down the prom, watch the display, get food and then wander home. Great stuff. We didn’t see any of the bigger display by the Liverpool waterfront but that was fine. It’s nice to have a night off in your home town.

So despite being off duty I took a camera but felt like I failed to get my normal firework photos. Sure I could have taken a big setup but I wanted to relax. That meant my human side enjoyed the night. My photographer side was annoyed for taking a day off. Stupid brain.

Great display. Great use of New Brighton. Now if we could just get a good old fashioned bonfire on the beach that’d be ace.

New Brighton Remembrance Service

I’ve documented the Remembrance Service for many years. This year it was cold, wet and windy on New Brighton promenade. I wasn’t sure how many people would come out in such conditions but it was a busy service. People were here to pay respects for lives lost.

I saw a dog in the corner of my eye. His owner gave him a pat on the back and a smile. I looked around and saw another man sheltering his dog from the wind. The poor thing was shivering. Beyond that I saw people talking, shaking hands and doing the unexpected. Smiling. People were smiling on this cold, wet, windy November day at the Remembrance Service. It’s not an aspect you ever see on the TV or in the paper, not that I’ve seen anyway. It’s a somber event to pay respects and yet people were smiling.

They were smiling because they were telling stories, sharing moments and meeting for the first time in a while. They were playing with their kids and stroking their dogs. I reminded myself why I was here and what I do so I took some photos because at the end of the day people have died so we could go out in the cold with our families and our dogs to smile with friends.

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New Brighton – Remembrance Sunday

It’s been 100 years since the start of WW1. I chose to document the Remembrance Sunday service close to home in New Brighton. I’m sure more people came out this year than others. Old veterans, families with young children and babies, men and women all came out to pay their respects.

Featured above is Don Roe who served on HMS Duke of York, 1943-46. He attended the service with his family.

Wallasey Remembrance Sunday Service

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Pictured above is Mart. He’s a 48 year old punk rocker skateboarder with grandkids who has been skating since he was 12. No-one told him to stop.

As a kid I always wanted a skateboard, but after I fell off my mate’s one my mum forbid me from having one. When I hit my 30s I realised I was old enough to take my life into my own hands and buy one but by then then I had a new problem – I thought I was too old for one. 30 year old bloke on a skateboard? I’d look silly. So I didn’t.

One afternoon the thought occurred to me that professional skateboarders like Tony Hawk must be in their 40s by now with kids of their own, but still skateboarding. So I Googled and my eyes were opened to a world of people over 30 on skateboards and longboards. I read about a 70 year old man who only recently got into longboarding. Longboarding was created by surfers who wanted something to do in the winter. It’s a large skateboard, or a small surfboard on wheels. It’s a lot easier to ride than a skateboard and is more about getting around then tricks.

So I bought a longboard on a whim, tried it out and got about 30 feet. I started to feel self conscious on it. It’s a kid’s game. I’m too old for this. All the kids on scooters really made me feel silly.


As a way of getting over my fears I decided to find and photograph people over 30 years old on their longboards. It would be a way for me to connect with like minded longboarders and reassure myself that I wasn’t too old. I also wanted to use the photographs to show others that it’s a damn cool thing to do and no-one is too old for it.

I met my first longboarder almost by accident while on a run along New Brighton prom, a guy out with his family. It was a group activity, the dad on a longboard and the kids on skateboards and roller-skates. He mentioned that there was a group on Facebook called “New Brighton Land Paddlers”. I joined them and I’ve been out on my longboard with them whenever I can over the past few months.


My confidence has grown and I’m now happy to shoot up and down New Brighton prom on my longboard using a kahuna stick. The stick gives me the balance I don’t have naturally and also helps with the workout you get. You use it to punt around like on a gondola. It’s called “Land paddling” and takes its name from standup paddleboarding in America, which is a combination of a surfboard and a paddle. It’s a very healthy activity to do. I run and I can feel it working muscles a different set of muscles. It’s great for core strength. So much nicer than the plank exercise routine. It also justifies the BBQ that often takes place.


The group has been incredibly welcoming. I’ve seen it grow from a handful to a large number over the past few months because they’re all great guys to hang out with, and they want people to get involved. The sport naturally draws some attention on the prom. I’ve been photographed whizzing along on my board and a lot of people want to know what we’re up to. Everyone is happy to chat, let people try out their boards and get them trying new things. People love it. That’s what its all about. Community. Fun.


The new promenade in New Brighton has really brought new life to the area. Not just inside the copy and paste chain restaurants that have moved in, but out on the waterfront. The prom is always busy on a sunny day and because it is so smooth it’s ideal for groups like the Land Paddlers. Every time I go out I see roller-skaters, longboarders, people on scooters, families all out enjoying the prom.

It’s a great thing to be flying down the prom watching the ships go past at sunset. I hope this project grows and brings others out to enjoy the sun, BBQ and community spirit.

I’d like to photograph more skaters over the age of 30 to grow the project. So if you fit the bill please get in touch.







Norma. 46 years old. Photographed here on her first go and has since got really into longboarding.


Nick. 49 years old. Nick was passing by New Brighton prom one day and saw the guys longboarding. He had recently lost 4 stone in weight so he could get back on his board. Not just any board, but his original board that he made in 1979. However he only went out with his kids as he didn’t feel confident on his own. The group welcomed him and he’s happily skating along New Brighton prom.


Rob. He only started longboarding last year but he’s also a surfer. He said land paddling is like having a skating stick for old men. All about the community. The BBQs, chatting with friends. Who needs California. He also created the Facebook group to get people involved.


Sean. Never skateboarded before and been longboarding since October. He was in a bad accident and the stick gives right leg back for skating. Really helped with hip after surgery. He’s also a surfer and also a yoga fan.


Colin. 44 years old. This is his first go on a longboard and he loved it. He’s a snowboarder so it came naturally to him.