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Blackhall Library

Thank you so much to Carol who runs Blackhall Library for allowing me to show some of the photographs that I have taken in Blackhall.  It was such an honour and a pleasure.  And the best bit about it was having some of the people that I’d taken photographs of come along.  It was so nice to see them and that made my day.  It was a bit of a whirlwind getting them ready for exhibition as I only had two weeks but I got there in the end.   And even thought it was for just one night I am hoping to have them on display again soon so that more people can see them.  It was a very proud moment and I hope that if my Dad was looking down he’d feel proud of me.

Blackhall Library Exhibition

Blackhall Library Exhibition

Lazy Friday Afternoon

Visited a few places in Blackhall to say hallo to some of the people I’ve met and taken photos of over the year.  Riley’s was my first stop as its one of my favourite places to go to, and the fish and chips are lovely too.  Got a lovely photo of Stephen stood in the doorway.  He did nominate his mum but she ducked out.  He is always quite happy to have his photo taken.  He used to be in a band so he’s used to it.  And he takes a good photo too.


And then I popped down to Snipz to see how it was going and maybe get some shots.  Sadly all the ladies were in various degrees of having their hair done so weren’t too keen on having photos taken.  But I stayed and chatted to Ann and some of the customers and had a bit of a laugh with them.  Some you win, some you lose.  The only photo I managed to get was a cat in a window.    I seem to be collecting photos of cats, and dogs, in Blackhall.  At least they can’t say no to having their photos taken.

cat in the window

Fish and Chips

riley's two

Riley’s or the top fish shop in Blackhall.  Been around for a lot of years.  Visited it many times with my dad to get fish and chips, especially on the way home from grocery shopping in Hartlepool.

And fish and chips………………what memories does this simple meal evoke.  Who doesn’t love them.  And the best way to eat them, in paper whilst walking along a windswept promenade, soaked in salt and vinegar, the fish and chips that is.

This is Stephen in the photo.  He runs Riley’s with his mum.  She has worked in a fish and chip shop for 40 years.  This is the first one she has owned.  Its a new old business, if that makes any sense.  The shop has been around for years but Jean and her son have just had it for about nine months.

They have just joined my project and I look forward to visiting them again in the new year and taking lots of photos.  I only wish I could capture the smell that emanates from a fish and chip shop.  And how on earth I will resist the glorious chips and scraps I do not know.