Your Ideas

During the course of Simon’s journey around England members of the public were invited to post ideas of events and leisure pursuits that he could photograph, thereby positioning him alongside his fellow countrymen and attempting to involve the ‘English', to a certain degree, in their own representation. The ideas that were posted provide an interesting snapshot of the country in 2008 and work alongside Simon’s photographs. They illustrate what's important to people and explore their own thoughts on notions of Englishness.

You can read all the ideas below or download a pdf here

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June 30, 2008 - 02:31 PM
Andrew Keeble -

We are Debbie and Andrew Keeble of Debbie & Andrew's sausages and would like to ask for your help in supporting the beleaguered British pig industry by capturing our Welly Wanging competition to raise money for Farm Crisis Network.

As pig farmers of 20 years before we diversified into sausage making and after successfully developing a fair price structure for our farmers and processors, we are holding a welly-wanging showdown at the Royal Agricultural Show in Stoneleigh, Warwckshire on Thursday 3rd July. The aim of the day is to keep the plight of struggling pig farmers in the public eye and, at the same time, raise money for Farm Crisis Network, the charity which provides support for farmers and their families.

Hopefuls who sign up will be encouraged to put their heart and sole into perfecting their boot-chucking techniques. The best home-grown talent who throw the furthest over the course of the day will be challenged to a final our North Yorkshire farm later in the summer. In the hope of a win at next year's Boot Throwing Championship games, we also plan to sponsor the best overall talent with a trip to the event in 2009.

As pig farmers, we have been lucky, but many more are struggling at the moment and we wanted to find an interesting way to keep their plight in the public eye. We spend our life in wellies, they appear on our new sausage packaging and Yorkshire is both our home town and the home of welly-wanging, so it seemed the perfect fit for our campaign.

We will be asking for an entrance fee of £10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to Farm Crisis Network.

We do hope you find this particularly English eccentric past time of interest. Please do let us know if you and your family would like to come along.

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