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The protest

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political campaigners in South Shields

Gathering votes in South Shields

What are these people up to?

What are they smiling about?

Why is there a ballot box on the table?

Just normal political, activism, protesting, and campaigning that’s all. We are about to get a new hotel in South Shields and these people are motivating others to protest about it under the Metro Bridge in King Street. It is obvious from the look on their faces that we protest with a good humour in South Shields.

Is yours a politically active town?

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/60 second, f6.7, iso 200

Originally colour but looks far better in monochrome.



Written by curly

October 30, 2007 at 12:01 am

8 Responses

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  1. Fabulous shot – and I agree the monochrome looks great. An eclectic group of people aren’t they but all united in the same cause.

    I can’t it is politically active around here – people complain but don’t do much!!! I’m all for writing letters, signing petitions and chaining myself to the closest tree or parlimentary railing!!!!


    October 30, 2007 at 3:42 am

  2. We have 2 protests at the moment in Beeston. One is about the impending Tescos that will kill off all the little shops & the main one is about the expansion of the tram network that will see many people lose their homes. A public inquiry starts next month, which will hopefully put an end to it.


    October 30, 2007 at 8:06 am

  3. Great portraits, Curly. If my eyes were better, I could read what’s written on the Ballot but I don’t know, so please tell us.

    Oh yes, we are politically active – in fact big dramas currently going on in the village – I’ll write about it soon. When it’s sorted. IF it’s sorted!


    October 30, 2007 at 2:43 pm

  4. Jilly, I clicked on the photo to enlarge it. The sign says “Are your in favour of the Council’s proposal to build a hotel on the Gypsies Green Site?”

    Curly, it is my impression that political activism is not significant in my home town. However, civic involvement is. I distinguish the two in that there is not a lot of descent. The most active protestest would be peace rallies against the war in Iraq. That and concerns about illegal immigration.


    October 30, 2007 at 4:28 pm

  5. Venturing to the B&W Curly. Civic “activism” is alive and well here.


    October 30, 2007 at 6:43 pm

  6. I live near heathrow, so we complain a lot.


    October 30, 2007 at 8:49 pm

  7. I like political activism, with smiles. Sadly, we have it, but not the smiles, in my city.

    P.S. Thank you for being frank with your comment, that the modern looking City Center is not to your taste. Not to mine either. And that’s why I posted about the Vintage Victorian Era Casino, the next day. 🙂


    October 31, 2007 at 4:44 pm

  8. Great photo, but shields is not a politically active town, not really.

    The same council gets in every year, it’s a gang, not a governing body, looking to make as much back-pocket cash as they can.
    We’re used as ‘a safe seat’ for David Milliband, who does not care about the local people, and never will.

    Sanddancers would vote a donkey in if it wore a red rose.


    November 3, 2007 at 1:19 pm

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