South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Back with a splash

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Tommy's Party, South Shields

It’s that old pin with the water balloon trick again

We are back on track having fun in South Shields, thanks to the support of the world wide City Daily Photo bloggers, thanks for all of your efforts, they have been instrumental in ensuring that I continue to bring you pictures from South Shields in the north-east of England.

Many thanks to “Carrie” too, ironically she doesn’t quite know what a blow for freedom she has struck!

When I was last with you I was trying to bring some pictures of Tommy’s Party at the amphitheatre on Sea Road, South Shields. Tommy the Trumpeter has been hosting free children’s entertainment parties on Tuesdays and Thursdays in August for as many years as I care to remember, and if you look around carefully you might even be able to find one of his videos or dvds featuring a selection of favourite children’s songs. Tommy the Trumpeter’s alter ego is Ray Spencer, the Director of the Customs House in South Shields. Tommy even has his own blog!

The picture above involves young people sitting on a chair with one of Tommy’s helpers holding a water balloon and pin above their head. The idea is they need to recite “Betty bought Bob blue and black buttons” ten times without hesitation or mistakes – go on give it a try!

Aren’t you lucky, there is no forfeit when you are at home.

I only had one shot at this frame, the timing of the shutter finger had to be just right, as it was I think I was just a little late, better luck next time eh? This is a crop from a much larger image, but it helps portray the sense of fun for the children whilst they are on holiday. (You need to set a fast shutter speed too.)

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 220mm lens, 1/750 second, f5.6, iso 200


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Written by curly

August 22, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Colour, Events, Fun, People, South Shields

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  1. Welcome back South Shield!

    I’m glad you did it. Congrats!

    That’s a decisive moment you captured in this picture. And the essencce of fun these children were having.


    August 22, 2008 at 12:27 am

  2. Glad it was resolved to your satisfaction for now.
    I wrote to your local newspaper during the last go round. They blew me off in their response saying you did not have a problem about their article and had cooperated with their report, so why my letter. . .
    Unfortunately, I fear suspicion and damage to one’s reputation can’t be easy for anyone to go through.
    Best to you,
    Seattle Daily Photo


    August 22, 2008 at 1:20 am

  3. NICE PIC!!!


    August 22, 2008 at 2:05 am

  4. Back, for now. And for how long is the question. One must wonder for whom does our governmental agencies work for.


    August 22, 2008 at 2:48 am

  5. I’m glad you are back!


    August 22, 2008 at 4:28 am

  6. This is a terrific shot. Hope my email helped spur the powers that be on. Glad you are back with a splash, and a precious one at that.


    August 22, 2008 at 4:35 am

  7. Hooray! Super photo for your return, Curly.


    August 22, 2008 at 5:23 am

  8. I’m glad you are back posting…and the picture is great!


    August 22, 2008 at 5:41 am

  9. Congratulations, Curly! I’m thrilled to hear it, and glad the “powers that be” were willing to rethink. Thank you for being persistent. It may seem like a small thing, but photographers around the world can learn from your experience.


    August 22, 2008 at 5:42 am

  10. Since you’ve posted a kid photo, I have to assume you were successful in dealing with your freedom of press issue? Love the concept behind this picture, by the way. Looks like great fun for the children. I’m curious, though … how many came out of this exercise dry?


    August 22, 2008 at 6:06 am

  11. good to see you back Curly, and this is a great photo.
    I don’t knoe if you remember or not but quite few years ago you and I swapped CD’s of photos? Yes I’m the Gordie in Sydney Austraila.
    Anyhow I will be back in South Shields in Dec this year, and would love to catch up, send me an email Curly

    Paul Donaldson

    August 22, 2008 at 7:27 am

  12. Wow! I’m impressed…both for your accomplishment and the photo. I’m also impressed with your persistence plus knowing how to apply pressure!


    August 22, 2008 at 11:10 am

  13. Glad to have you back!
    That’s an amazing moment!


    August 22, 2008 at 11:36 am

  14. Aww, that’s so fun!

    I’m so glad you got your problem resolved — welcome back!


    August 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm

  15. Great photo. Bet all the kids had a blast!
    Would that I could take photos as well as you.

    Clare, Clinton, New York, USA

    August 22, 2008 at 2:56 pm

  16. You did it! Brilliant. Great photo.


    August 22, 2008 at 11:29 pm

  17. Common sense prevails at last. Fantastic image to demonstrate what we would be missing if you hadn’t posted.
    I did a post about it with a link back to you on thurdsay. Keep up the good work. I often stop by, and enjoy my visis here. Welcome back.


    August 23, 2008 at 4:13 pm

  18. welcome back bonny lad, missed your fab photos over the last few days. How many other councils across the land have the same idea that men + cameras = trouble?


    August 24, 2008 at 12:10 am

  19. Great stuff – what a lovely splash you’ve come back with.


    August 24, 2008 at 9:13 am

  20. So glad you’re back in business, so to speak! As for Betty buying Bob blue and black buttons, that’s almost as bad as Who Shot the City Sheriff. Have fun with that one!


    August 25, 2008 at 9:43 pm

  21. You really know how to make a big splash! Great photo.


    August 26, 2008 at 4:16 am

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