Borough’s first citizens
The Mayor and Mayoress
Cllr. John and Mrs. Chris Anglin, the 36th. Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside photographed at the entrance to the council chamber in South Shields Town Hall.
This year’s Mayor is the 159th in a long line of Mayors in South Shields stretching back to 1850 when Alderman John Clay received those chains of office on 9th. November. The office of Mayor is a position elected from amongst our councillors and his duties include chairing full meetings of the borough council as well as representing all of the people of South Tyneside at civic ocassions and events, and representing us whenever members of the Royal family visit here, for many years our Mayors wore ceremonial robes decorated with furs and ermine and a tri-cornered hat, but these have not been used since Mayor Ken Scrimger’s year of office in 1973-74. The robes are now housed in the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.
I used Photoshop to achieve this effect by making an elliptical selection then setting a feather of 100 pixels, I then inverted the selection and using the hue and saturation control desaturated the outer portion just sufficiently to change the background, thus retaining focus on the subjects.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28 mm lens, 1/45 second, f4, iso 800