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.

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Your Ideas

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Thomas Ludewig

April 23, 2008 - 04:50 AM
There are two dates that come to mind for my home town, Scarborough. On Shrove Tuesday there is Skipping on the foreshore road, It could well date back to 1903 and was recorded in 1927 as the 'Scarborough's Skipping Festival. It still continues to date with thousands of young (and old people) enjoying themselves. There are other traditions on the day such as the ringing off the Pancake bell.

The other event is Boxing Day in Scarborough. It’s a tradition, termed as 'Ladies Day'. There are various explanations, but the most commonly held one is that the fishermen's wives were given the day off to go for a drink after they had worked so hard preparing and delivering Christmas. So the pubs opened.
Now it's for everyone: the pubs open at 11am, everyone's in high spirits. It's a time to catch up with people you see every day, those you see occasionally and those you see once a year (on Boxing Day, incidentally!) There are organised events like the fishermen vs firemen football match played on the beach in top hats, tug of war on the beach and a home-made-raft race in the harbour, There's something for everybody, and around the town are people of all ages. People get dressed up in fancy dress, the best togs and more. meeting up with friends and go round the pubs from 11am onwards - as you can imagine there's a good 12 hours plus of drinking and fun. How long this has gone on for I have no idea, I have missed two in my adult years and it has been going on for a lot longer than I have been around.
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Ian Smith

April 23, 2008 - 04:45 AM
Stokenchurch Village Fete & Companion Dog Show, held to enable local charities and organisations to raise funds. This year the fete will be opened by Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE, attractions include - Birds of Prey, Gladiators and a fly past by Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Flight.
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Gemma Bicknell

April 23, 2008 - 04:37 AM
Old Leigh Regatta in Leigh-on-Sea always strikes me as a particularly English affair. Held over the weekend of 13th & 14th September this year in the Essex fishing village, there's live music and attractions, but most importantly 'climbing the greasy pole' and mud football... The official website is below:
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Mark Mitchell

April 23, 2008 - 04:34 AM
Hi Simon

How about skiff racing? have a look at

I expect the most 'photogenic' event would be the skiff championships held in beautiful Henley on Thames on the 24th of August.

or the Chertsey regatta on the 2nd of August, or Walton regatta on 13th July, have there own slightly eccentric appeal. Else there out regular pratice sessions on Thuesday and Thursday?

We also do Punt racing.

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