Caught in “The Net” …

Well.. It’s been a while since my last blog.. 3 months to be precise! Oops!

So… Excuses? Well loads actually.. But I won’t bore you…. Just lots of good stuff going on which has eaten into my time in a big way!

The biggest and most exciting thing is that The Net in North Shields have asked me to put on my “Distant Voices” audio/visual WW2 exhibition (which one of their trustees had seen in August at Newcastle City Library when it first showed for a week) …in the top floor of their exhibition space at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre (The Net)!
“The Net” (that’s ‘fishing’ net.. And bringing people of all ages together kind of net … Not ‘inter’ net) is a charity group developing a centre in the Old Low Light on North Shields Fish Quay celebrating its past, present and future.

It is supported with funds from North Tyneside Council, through their ‘Big Society Community Investment Fund’, Heritage Lottery funding and The Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust, but essentially relies on donations, volunteers, holding events and selling products in their shop and cafe to support itself.

My husband Keith has recently retired (lucky devil) and is now one of the volunteers at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre (The Net)…. That’s when he’s not assisting and promoting Alison Spedding Photography! 🙂

Some of my seascapes and cityscape images (framed or just mounted), together with Greetings Cards are now on sale in the shop/cafe at The Net too.

My prints and cards for sale! Bargains to be had!

My prints and cards for sale! Bargains to be had!

The Shop at The Net - open 10am - 4pm 7 days a week

The Shop at The Net – open 10am – 4pm 7 days a week

The Old Low Light Heritage Centre is a fantastic location for an exhibition…

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Bright and spacious with plenty of wall space for hanging images.

…  with great views up the River Tyne

View from Exhibition Space window

View from Exhibition Space window of the Low Light

A stone’s throw from the Fish Quay…

Fish Quay and the Low Light - The Old Low Light Heritage Centre (The Net) is right next to the Low Light

Fish Quay and the Low Light – (The Net) is right next to the Low Light

There’s even a viewing platform – which will be great to stand on and take a few shots on a summers afternoon (a bit chilly in January though!)

From the Viewing Platform

I’m adapting the Exhibition from the version that I put on in August 2014 for the 3 week run in North Shields Old Low Light (The Net).

I’m adding a PowerPoint presentation to run alongside the audio track of the “Voices” this time… and maybe a few “artefacts” to bring it to life.

So still plenty of work to do before the opening day on 8 May 2015 – the 70th anniversary of “VE- Day”!

Because it’s such a new centre, part of the marketing of the event will be spreading the word about where The Old Low Light Heritage Centre (The Net) is… Everybody I’ve mentioned it to so far doesn’t know where it is… So if you don’t know either ….IT’S HERE.. Tell your friends please!

The Old Low Light, Clifford’s Fort, North Shields, Fish Quay, NE30 1JA

It’s open 7 days a week –  10am to 4pm

Plenty of parking and a  bike rack

Plenty of parking and a bike rack (for fit people!)

The Net at The Old Low Light, Fishquay, North Shields

The Old Low Light, Fish Quay, North Shields

Stories and photographs of local people recounting their memories of what life was like living through WW2 and the immediate aftermath in the North East plus first hand stories from Jack, then a boy of 17 who left home to train and subsequently fight at Monte Cassino in Italy.

“Ordinary” people … With extraordinary stories

In a world without mobile phones, no Internet, rationing, evacuation… A time of ‘Make do and mend’…

I wanted to capture the stories and share them with young children before it’s too late to hear them first hand.

Some of the stories are funny – others sad – but all alien to the way we live out lives today…..

This is Eileen – one of my voices… A neighbour of mine for 10 years before she moved into a care home.

Eileen - We were ... ONE!

Eileen – We were … ONE!

I took this photograph of her in April 2014 for the exhibition.

Eileen unfortunately passed away at the beginning of January 2015, just a couple of weeks before her 92nd birthday.

I visited her just before Christmas for the last time and took this final photo of her…..

Eileen - December 2014

Eileen – December 2014

I have just listened to Eileen’s stories from the Exhibition again whilst writing this .. and it’s even more poignant now that she has passed away .. But her memory lives on….

“Distant Voices” The Net, North Shields (The Old Low Light) – Friday 8 May to Monday 25 May

So why not put a note in your diary and then ‘pop along’ – see the exhibition … have a coffee … oh … and maybe buy a local scene A4 mounted print (a snip at £17.99 or framed for £29.99), a 10″x8″ framed print for £24.99 or a greetings card for £2.50 from the shop!

Something for every budget and a portion of sales help towards keeping the Old Low Light in business ! 🙂

Examples of the local prints on sale…

Tynemouth Pier

Tynemouth Pier 10″ x 8″ framed £24.99

Tynemouth Priory  the Pier at sunrise - complete with reflections!

Tynemouth Priory the Pier at sunrise – complete with reflections!

Tynemouth Priory  the Pier at sunrise

Tynemouth Priory the Pier at sunrise

The Tyne Bridge taken from The Side

The Tyne Bridge taken from The Side

C5 size with a 6" x 4" photo attached - wide choice of images available

C5 size with a 6″ x 4″ photo attached – wide choice of images available

Blank white insert for you to write your message

Blank white insert for you to write your message

“Distant Voices” The Net (Old Low Light Heritage Centre) North Shields – Friday 8 May 2015 to Monday 25 May 2015

“Ordinary” people … With extraordinary stories

The Old Low Light, Clifford’s Fort, North Shields, Fish Quay, NE30 1JA

It’s open 7 days a week –  10am to 4pm

The exhibition is not open on Wednesday’s.

Hope to see you there!

Alison

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