Photo of the Week

A photograph from my archives, every week, marking something that happened this week, a multiple of five years ago.

This Week…

Week commencing 26th June

Aerial view of Old Trafford Stadium, home of Manchester United. 16th July 1992

30 years ago: Old Trafford, Manchester, UK – July 1992
In the close season before the first Premier League season, I made my regular summer trip to Old Trafford to purchase the new home shirt on the day of its release from the Club ‘Superstore’ (the small rectangular building in the bottom-right corner). I remember walking around the ground to see the demolished Stratford End and peering over the construction site wall, to see the interior of the ground. Incidentally, the beige bit of land across the Quays is now the Lowry and the green bit behind that is now the BBC.

Week commencing 19th June

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15 years ago: Skipton Horse Trials, Carleton-in-Craven, UK – 25th June 2017
Helen and Nigel take on a cross-country fence at the top of the hill, before turning for home. Of all the events that Helen has ridden at, Skipton was always one of my favourites; the dramatic Yorkshire Dales backdrop added great scenery to whatever level of action photography I’ve been able to conjour. This one isn’t your classic ‘front-on’ jumping pose but the hills in the background and the valley below seem to suit the unusual angle.

Week commencing 12th June

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35 years ago: Standish High School, Standish, UK – 12th June 1987
Something I never thought I’d see again until an old friend kindly put it on Facebook (and tagged me), a while back. 35 years ago, I stood as the SDP/Liberal candidate in the school version of the 1987 General Election. I came third. Labour won (obviously) but I think I out-performed the Liberal/SDP candidate’s 14% share of the vote for the Wigan seat that year. I wasn’t that bothered. By Election Day, I’d flown out of the country and was on holiday in Corfu…

Week commencing 6th June

PJB ACG at Silver Jubilee 77

45 years ago: Bentham Road, Standish, UK – 7th June 1977
One of my earliest memories: the 1977 Silver Jubilee. Here I am with my cousin Adam, both of us aged 3½, at a street party, in front of his house. I don’t remember much else of the day – it was 45 years ago! 2022 marks the fourth Jubilee of my lifetime, which is about as many as any British subject has ever lived through – apart from anyone now aged 87 or above. They have lived through a record-breaking fifth Jubilee: 1935 was the year of George VI’s Silver Jubilee.

Week commencing 30th May

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15 years ago: Wembley Stadium, London, UK – June 1st 2007
I was lucky enough to be in the crowd the night that the “new” Wembley Stadium hosted its first international match: England v Brazil. I’ve been back a few times since then but it was wonderful to be part of such a historic night. Even though it’s now 15 years ago, it’s also notable that such memories are more often accompanied by a photo. The advent of camera phones and the perspective of parenthood meant that, by 2007, I was much keener to record a scene for posterity.

Week commencing 23rd May

Playa de Catalunya, Barcelona

20 years ago: Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 19th 2002

I can’t believe it’s now 20 years since a bunch of mates from University all met up in Barcelona for a stag party. In the days before camera phones, very little photographic evidence exists of such events (thank Heavens!) – the photo doesn’t even include the Stag of that particular Do. We had a wild weekend, partying until daylight and becoming acquainted with one of my favourite cities on Earth. Shockingly, I didn’t visit Barcelona again until August last year. I won’t leave it so long next time…