The summer of 2012 is turning out to be an exciting time for residents and visitors across the East Riding. In particular, communities have been marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the passage of the Olympic Torch Relay through the area.
The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with a great variety of local events, including street parties, barbecues, regattas, pageants and concerts, which saw towns and villages buzzing. Many of these activities were organised by local volunteers and were occasions for family fun and showing off community pride.
Just two weeks after the Jubilee weekend, the Olympic Torch was carried through Bridlington, Beverley, Brough and Goole. Tens of thousands of people lined the four routes to cheer the torch bearers on and was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local people to be part of this global phenomenon.
With these festivities taking place, the council has been running a photography competition to capture pride and Olympic spirit that has been on display during this ‘Summer of Celebration’. This contest draws on the success of the Capturing the East Riding photography competition and should create a fascinating visual record of how 2012 was marked in the East Riding.
Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for civic wellbeing and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “It has been a great summer for both the East Riding and the country as a whole, as we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Torch Relay. I am sure that many people have captured these memories on camera and the council is keen for people to submit these and allow those memories to be shared in the years to come.”
All entries will be displayed on the council’s Flickr site www.flickr.com/photos/summerofcelebration/.