MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – NOVEMBER 2018

For the first time I have delayed the monthly culture blog for so long. It is confusing to write now about what happened then, because December already has given me different emotions and experiences. So I will try to screw my head back round and go back in time.
As usual in the second half of 2018, I feared that I will have nothing to write about, but somehow I have tricked myself and November was productive.

First –  to my deep sadness I missed out Hull Comedy Festival 2018, but I went to Big City Of Culture Quiz of the Year to make up for it.

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It felt like I have missed a big yearly family gathering and being there to see few familiar faces made me load more happier.

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I also went down to Queens House Showcase to see the ARTIST TAKEOVER #3.

Again – pretty much a regular there since I  have Creative ENRG mentor on my side and I go there on a monthly basis.
Thought for the future – exhibit there myself..

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Artists on display  – Lucy Kelly, Hannah Green, Ingrid Holborn and Saffron Brown

Hannah Green

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Ingrid Holborn

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Saffron Brown

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Lucy Kelly

I have worked with Lucy before, taking photographs of her paintings, textiles and ceramics and she is a raw artist so hard not to love. Her work is complete and made with thought about global issues. Her personality is bold and I am very honoured to have her on my client list.
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Very end of the month I had a very special visitor – my sister and I wanted to share my love for the city and we both went to the URBAN LEGENDS:NORTHERN LIGHTS

In all honesty – the camera was pretty much a habit rather than intentional tool for the experience and after seeing fantastic photographs from the event, I wish I took it more seriously. These days we don’t get events like that in the city often and it was a great photo-opportunity that I missed out on.

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One of the creative directors was Anna Bean known as Bluebeany [alongside other great ones] and her stamp of fantastic creations was all over the displays.

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OH THE NIGHT!  by IMITATING THE DOG

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As an outsider my sister loved most of the installations, some more than others. At least, she got to see why I love the city so much.
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Oh, at the beginning of the month I had a visit to the Portraits at Sea Hull Maritime Museum.

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I think my favourite moment was the conversation with the volunteer about the exhibition next door and how she got emotional. Or when she said that there aren’t many opportunities to volunteer these days… If you ask me, that is the “legacy” that we have to deal with – we are hungry for culture and we are getting starved.

As part of my Illuminate Project: Legacy I went to see Alec Gill’s Hessle Roaders Guided Tour at Brynmore Jones Library.

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Across my social media I have been banging on about it a lot, but for those who need filling in: Alec Gill and hes Hessle Roaders photographs seen back in September 2017 at St Johns Church inspired me to invite him as part of my search for City of Culture legacy. He is an absolute sweetheart – caring, loving, warm, kind and witty. He has welcomed me in his home, introduced with his poetry writing wife Audrey and shared his side of the story. Going to one of his Guided tours was not just for the project, it was also to see and hear him again, proving that he carries the legacy flag in his heart and inspires me do the same.

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Throughout November I had some thoughts about City Of Culture, the impact that it had on me and how it slowly starts to fade. Since the city and Absolutely Cultured is having less cultural events, I feel like loosing the connection with the city. And I start to wonder if having less interest from the Hull people is mirroring my experience. Or is it just that thing where I need to crack on and have my own cultural journey on my own terms, like I did in 2017.
And it leads me to the question – do I continue my culture blogging in 2019? What is your thoughts?
Should I stick to the promise that Culture Company gave us in 2017 about three years of legacy and just crack on?

December is half way and I am full of reflections – Illuminate Project: Legacy Redeye event happened, I went down Preston Road derelict housing estate and had I have emotional review to write about A Northern Soul.

BEST OF ‘ULL @BONUS ARENA

A LITTLE WHILE BACK I WAS INVITED TO PHOTOGRAPH BEST OF ‘ULL AT THE NEW BONUS ARENA IN HULL.BEST OF ‘UL IS PART OF THE HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL THAT COMES AROUND NOVEMBER TIME EACH YEAR. I HAVE BEEN A FRIEND AND PHOTOGRAPHER TO THE FESTIVAL FOR FEW YEARS NOW.

 

I THOUGHT I WILL SHARE THE FUNNY BITS AND THE EXTREMELY TALENTED LOCAL COMEDIANS ALONGSIDE FAMOUS ANGELOS EPITHEMIOU.

NEVER NOT FUNNY JED SALISBURY

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EVER SO RUDE GARY JENNISON

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PRIMARK FAVORITE TOO FUNNY JACK GLEADOW

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ADELE’S VOICE KIND OF GIRL  LOUIS MILLS

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ALWAYS MENTIONS BOMB DISPOSAL STEVE RIMMER

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WIFE JOKES SUPERSTAR DAVID SMITH

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NEW TO MY COMEDY CATALOGUE&FAMOUS ANGELOS EPITHEMIOU

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P.S. ALL THE TITLES ARE SUBJECT MY OPINION

 

 

HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017

2017 AND WHAT A YEAR FOR HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL.

THIRD YEAR RUNNING I HAD THE HONOURS TO BE THE OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE TO BE PART OF THE FUNNIEST, LOVELIEST AND BEST FESTIVAL EVER!

THIS YEAR THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATED COMEDIANS FROM FAR, LOCAL, FAMOUS, NEW ACTS AND SPREAD LAUGHTER ACROSS THE CITY IN VARIOUS VENUES.

BIG SHOUT OUT TO CREATIVE DIRECTORS – JED SALISBURY AND GARY JENNISON FOR BEING THE NICEST BOSSES, HUGS BEFORE EVERY SHOW AND NEVER THE LESS – GREAT COMEDIANS THEMSELVES. THEY WORKED SUPER HARD TO PULL THE FESTIVAL OFF AND THEY NAILED IT.

I WAS FOLLOWING THE FESTIVAL THROUGHOUT FROM THE 2 – 22 NOV AND HERE IS THE FESTIVAL IN SHORT:

THURSDAY 2nd NOVEMEBER@KARDOMAH 94

ANNA MORRIS BITCHELORS

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THE NOT SO LATE SHOW WITH ROSS AND JOSH

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SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE @JUBILEE CHURCH 4th NOVEMBER

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THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE COLD HARD CACHE + JIM BAYES LIGHT METAL @KARDOMAH 94 7th NOVEMBER

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THE BIG CITY OF CULTURE QUIZ OF THE YEAR @KARDOMAH 94 9th NOVEMBER

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THE KAGOOLS + JACK GLEADOW + RICH JACKSON @KARDOMAH 94 11th NOVEMBER

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POTTERVISION + RICH JACKSON IMPROVISION @JAZZ BAR 12th NOVEMBER

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BEST OF ‘ULL @HULL CITY HALL 15th NOVEMBER

JED SALISBURY
JACK GLEADOW
STEVE RIMMER
NICKY WILKINSON
LIVE NAKED IDIOTS
GARY JENNISON
THE KAGOOLS

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JAKE DONALDSON + DANIEL TRISCOTT @KARDOMAH 94 16th NOVEMBER

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FRIZ FRIZZLE + STEFF TODD @CHANCE 17th NOVEMBER

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THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE + JAMES MEEHAN   @CHANCE 18th NOVEMBER

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JEDDYBEAR’S&GARY’S PICNIC KIDS SHOW @KARDOMAH 94 19th NOVEMBER

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TENFOOTCITY MAGAZINE’S NEW COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR 2017 CEREMONY @THE SAILMAKERS ARMS 25th NOVEMBER

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CONGRATS TO THE WINNER – FRIZ FRIZZLE

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WHAT WAS YOUR HIGHLIGHT FROM THE HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017?

 

 

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 46

ON THE WEEK WHEN HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ARRIVED TO HULL I CONTINUED TO PHOTOGRAPH HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017 AND WIZ AROUND HULL FOR CULTURE.

BUT THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT HIGHLIGHT IN MY WEEK – I MET THE GREAT BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHER MARTIN PARR, WHO I DEARLY ADMIRE. SINCE INTRODUCED TO HIM WHILST STUDYING A DEGREE IN PHOTOGRAPHY [A DISSERTATION ON MARTIN PARR AND KITSCH LATER..] I HAVE NEVER STOPPED LOVED HIS WORK. MARTIN PARR’S WORK HAS A MASSIVE INFLUENCE ON MANY YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS AND OF COURSE ME.

MARTIN PARR WAS PART OF THE HULL BEERMAT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL AND HE CHOOSE THE BEST OUT OF THE SHORTLIST CURATED BY GRAEME OXBY. AND ON WEDNESDAY HE WAS IN HULL, KARDOMAH 94 TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS AND TALK ABOUT HIS LIFE AND WORK.

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I HAVE TO SAY MASSIVE THANK YOU TO KARDOMAH 94 FOR HAVING ME THERE AS THEIR GUEST PHOTOGRAPHER [BASICALLY AN EXCUSE TO SEE MARTIN PARR] AS I WAS NOT ABLE TO GET THE TICKET AND I WAS NOT PART OF THE LUCKY 20 WINNERS.

ON MY ARRIVAL I SAW MARTIN PARR MUNCHING ON SOME PASTA, PAST HIM GIGGLING MY WAY THROUGH. I REALLY FELT LIKE AN OBSESSED FAN TO JUSTIN BIEBER. LONG STORY SHORT – I HAD TWO CONVERSATIONS WITH MARTIN PARR. FIRST ONE WHERE I CALLED HIM MY MADONNA AND MADE HIM FEEL AWKWARD BY SAYING THESE LOVELY THINGS ABOUT HIM – EMBARRASSING!!!! SECOND – BIT MORE ADULT AND PROFESSIONAL – ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY AND COMPETITION.

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HE IS SO CHILLED AND DOWN TO EARTH – OR AS HE LIKES TO DESCRIBE HIMSELF AS VERY MUCH MIDDLE CLASS. OH, WELL. HE IS DEFINITELY MY IDOL IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND I WAS HONOURED TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM AS HIM.

HE ALSO IS GIFTED WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR AND HE USED THAT TO TALK ABOUT HIS RECENT PHOTO PROJECT HULL, PORTRAIT OF A CITY: OLIVIA ARTHUR AND MARTIN PARR – HUMBER STREET GALLERY.

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THE HULL BEERMAT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL WAS AN INTERESTING PROJECT WITH A CREATIVE IDEA BEHIND – PEOPLE HAVE THEIR SAY ON CELEBRATING HULL THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY PEOPLE – NOT PROFESSIONALS [WHICH IS WHY I MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN SELECTED HA] AND BRINGING THE 20 PHOTOGRAPHS TO HULL PUBS – ON BEERMATS.

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THIS WAS A VERY HAPPY HOUR IN MY LIFE. AND JUST TO END THIS CHAPTER – MARTIN PARR REVEALED THAT HE ALWAYS HAD TO DO COMMERCIAL WORK TO SUPPORT HIS STRANGE PROJECTS. WHICH MAKES SENSE, BUT IT WAS ANOTHER REMINDER OF THE STRUGGLES OF BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER, TRYING TO MAKE LIVING AND KEEPING THE DIGNITY, CREATIVITY AND ORIGINALITY.

 

 

Last week was super busy as the week was full-on comedy gigs night after night, plus other jobs, so I had to be smart with the culture I was looking for and taking photos. Basically I had two hours on Thursday.

First – whilst doing my research of what is going on, I tried to look for the less mainstream events/exhibitions and came across a small display at Hull&East Riding Museum – EXPLORING ISLAMIC COLLECTIONS. Small just because I’ve seen it and it is small. But still interesting.

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Hull&East Riding Museum is one of those that remind me of the dreadful school trips to the boring history museums. But as a grown up I have learned that I don’t have to be interested in everything displayed. And to appreciate the classics and at least attempt loving the history is already a thumbs up.
And I really appreciated the massive mammoth and ancient PC. Kind of made my day by looking at these silly reminders of humanity.

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..because there was mammoths in East Yorkshire once upon a time..

 

On my way there, I was also appreciating Hull. I was rushing, but I still find time to stop and watch Hull and people. This time I followed a group of tourists getting some Hull themed walks with a guide.

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Same day, same two hour slot I spotted and took photographs of the new roboty light installation things. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? by JASON BRUGES STUDIO is currently being installed in at Beverley Gate, Trinity Square and the Museum Quarter in advance of the artwork’s grand opening on Friday 1st December.

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To finish of the culture surprises I happened to see Hull Maritime Museum and Ferens Art Gallery lit up with stars. No tripod to hold the steady shot meant just a quick snap. I am sure that there will be more light installation surprises and I might get a tripod out for these special occasions.

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+ AS MENTIONED BEFORE HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2017 WAS IN FULL SPIN SO I PHOTOGRAPHED FIVE FANTASTIC NIGHTS OF COMEDY. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS WAS THE BEST OF ‘ULL WITH AN AMAZING LOCAL LINE UP AND  MY FAVES THE KAGOOLS.

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NEXT FEW WEEKS ARE AGAIN BUSY BUSY, SO I WILL BE SUPER HAPPY IF I CAN FIND TIME FOR SOME CULTURE. ANY GOOD SUGGESTIONS?

 

 

 

 

GIGGLES LIVE PRESENTS: THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE: COLD HARD CACHE

I LIKE TO CONSIDER MYSELF AS A PROFESSIONAL COMEDY PHOTOGRAPHER – I HAVE DONE IT A LOT AND I LOVE DOING IT. IN THE HONOURS OF 10TH ANNIVERSARY HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL STARTING TOMORROW I AM GOING TO CELEBRATE HULL COMEDY SCENE THAT I CAPTURED IN JULY.

THE HEADLINERS – THE DELIGHTFUL SAUSAGE FEATURING AMAZING AMY GLEDHILL AND THE ONE AND ONLY CHRIS CANTRILL

OTHER AMAZING ACTS OF THE NIGHT:

Dave Walker
David Bugden
Becky Hannant
Nathan Cruz
David Smith

 

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I AM SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS YEARS HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL BECAUSE THE LINE UP IS ACE. FROM THE KAGOOLS, JACK GLEADOW TO LOCAL STARS LIKE JED SALISBURY, GARY JENNISON [THEM TWO ARE THE BEST FESTIVAL ORGANISERS AND ALL THE HARD WORK IS THEIRS] AND FAMOUSE’S LIKE ANNA MORRIS BITCHELORS, THE NOT SO LATE NIGHT SHOW WITH ROSS AND JOSH, GREG DAVIES AND SO ON….

 

 

GIGGLES LIVE PRESENTS – LLOYD GRIFFITH @KARDOMAH94

28th of April Giggles Live Comedy presented LLOYD GRIFFITH – IN:UNDATED (PREVIEW) and other exciting acts, hosted by Gary Jennison.
The line up happened to be all-bearded comedians – Jed Salisbury,  Jack Whitehall and debut performance from David Bugden.
Here is a little insight of the night at Kardomah94

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I am currently/secretly working on a beard-themed project and that week I started some work on it. And to be at the comedy gig where all the comedians had beards was my ultimate highlight.

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From left: David Bugden, Jack Whitehall, Jed Salisbury, Lloyd Griffith and Gary Jennison

Also – lately I go into a comedy gig knowing what I want to see in the final photos and to me it is the greatest reward.

TRIBUTE TO JOY – STAND UP FOR JOY @FRüIT

Beginning of March I was part of something very special – Stand Up Comedy @Fruit to raise funds for Joy Attwood’s Justgiving page so she can fulfil her bucket list dream of seeing the Northern Lights.

Joy was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told that she is dying. The dream of seeing the Northern Lights and have the last holiday with her family was what she wanted the most, so Jed Salisbury, the director of Hull Comedy Festival decided to put on a gig – to celebrate Joy and raise money to fulfill her dream.

Jed is really good comedy-friend of mine and to contribute as well I wanted to capture the event.

Joy really liked Live Naked Idiots, so they were headlining, also The worlds only bomb disposal comedian Steve Rimmer, The finest comedian of Bransholme estate David Smith and Jed’s good friend Andy Woolston on the line up. And off course hosted by Jed.

Seriously heart warming, beautiful and precious.

My highlight was the support overall from the public, comedians and the honours to capture some family photos after the gig.

Sadly Joy passed away last week. She died peacefully surrounded by her family. Tributes have been paid and I think that publishing these photographs reminds about the good times Joy had.

During the night I witnessed strong family bond, a lot of love and joy.

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Thank you Joy for reminding of how precious life is, how precious our family is. My condolences to family and friends for this sad loss.

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HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2016

Comedy in Hull is always alive, but once a year Hull Comedy Festival brings the laughs together in a form of a festival.

For the second year running, I had the honours to be be part of it – photograph and laugh [sometimes laugh is distracting me from holding a frame].

This gallery will be bursting of great moments, pulled faces, awesome comedians, local talents and sausage rolls.

My highlight of this year was The Kagools. All my love to these two brilliant girls. They salsa-kissed Hulls mayor and THAT IS JUST ONE REASON WHY THEY ARE SO AWESOME.

Great to see local comedians, comedians from Leeds and other outskirts of Hull [sorry].

BIG MASSIVE HUGE THANKS TO GARY JENNISON AND JED SALISBURY. ALL MY LOVE TO YOU BOTH FOR MAKING THIS FESTIVAL SO LOVABLE.

Since I’ve started taking so many photographs, I struggle to write essays and speak thousand words, therefore there is just one last thing to say:

 

THANK YOU HULL COMEDY FESTIVAL 2016 FOR MAKING MY LIFE FUNNY AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR!!!!

 
PLEASE LIKE, SHARE AND RE LIVE THE HULL COMEDY  FESTIVAL 2016.

 

Lots of love
Anete Sooda

 

 

HHCP HULL BIG HANG AND SLEEP OUT.

On Saturday [yes, a week ago, I’ve been  pre-holiday busy] I went down to Queens Gardens to photograph [absorb] the event that Hull Homeless Community Project have organised.

The page on Facebook states: “Join us for a night under the stars in Queens gardens in support of those who have no choice.”

I believer in humanity and was super keen to go and give my kind of support – photograph people and reflect the humanity and diversity. I was not planning to stay for the whole night [make my monies worth by staying in the house that I pay rent for ha], but I thought in couple of hours I could find what I am looking for.

Also a shout-out to my favourite comedians Jack Gleadow and Jed Salisbury who were there to support the cause with the comedy and their presence.
Both of those guys are super awesome and there is not a dull day, if they are around.

In every photo-opportunity I try to find that one special moment, that peak of how wonderful it is to be alive and never the less – different. We are all looking for that extraordinary in ordinary and that for most of the time is my goal.

The photographs are reflecting different people coming together to support those who need help. Homeless doesn’t mean less valuable to the society and humanity, we never know what is the story behind and shouldn’t judge so we need to keep ourselves open-minded and give support.

If honest, even though the attendance and “sleepers” didn’t fill Queens gardens, it was enough to feel the great atmosphere.

And I have come home with beautiful photographs of beautiful people – is there more to ask?

These pictures are taken between 7 -21:30 pm, so reflect only small part of the event and I feel that some images need commentary, so please, enjoy and remember – be kind, helpful and love life.

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Jed Salisbury – the host for the event

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Jed Salisbury and Andrew Smith

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Diversity in selfie-takers

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We all fancy a bit of a selfie now and then

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I have caught some “loveisintheair” kind of thing

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From left: Caroline Banks and Adrew Smith greeting people

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ZORUHUHEN and the crazy cool things girls did at the event to entertain people

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The preperation

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Sleepers

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Winky selfie with Jed Salisbury

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A shelter frame build from plumbing pipes – the whole idea was to build a shelter and NO TENTS

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Why not

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Caroline Banks with Ice Cream Ladies

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A bit drunk and very funny guy

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The event was children friendly and a great night for a family entertainment

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Third from left: It was his birthday that day and he was celebrating here with his friends.

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“Are you from Hull Daily Mail? If so, mate I am not in a picture”  Have you got something to hide my friend? hahaha

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This was weird – I felt like I have to take that selfie, otherwise I’ll get in some trouble with them hahaha

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I requested a feminist joke. Not sure what happened between them two :D

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This was the moment me and Zoe realised that we are at the same event – Zoe is super girl.

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HELLO JED.

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The shelter is taking shape.

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Team work is essentia

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You can’t compete with them belly dancers as pretty as you are. sorry.

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Entertainment.

Please fee free to comment, share and tag your friends.

Thank you for the invitation and welcoming hugs, HHCP.

Hopefully next year the event will come back with a bang and we will do more great things for people who need support and help.