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Basically, the title gives a full explanation. On Friday night several hundred people braved the icy cold to launch the Christmas season in our town centre. Wendy Neal, our local Olympic Torch bearer, led the count-down for switching on the lights. I photographed the event for the Town Council.
These are just fun snaps. But the evening was a lot of fun.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:16.0-85.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Nov 2012 - 6:33 PM
Focal Length:16mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:+1/3
ISO:2000
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
White Balance:As Shot
Title:Carols, lights, Santa, mulled wine and dancing in the street
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:2 Dec 2012 - 8:03 AM
Tags:Community photography, Humour / fun, People, Photo journalism, Silly sunday
Votes:40
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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:05 AM

Everyone wrapped up well and thoroughly enjoying themselves - v1 is my favourite.

I do wonder how the keyboard player got on with one finger though WinkWink
Helen

Last Modified By helenlinda at 2 Dec 2012 - 8:08 AM

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RysiekJan
RysiekJan e2 Member 7109 forum postsRysiekJan vcard United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 - 8:09 AM

A very entertaining set Moira, as can be seen a good time was had by all.

Richard

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4180 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:11 AM

There's nothing nicer than community spirit. After years of living in London where there was precious little, it's wonderful to be living in a friendly village and to be part of a community. A lovely set of images recording your evening Moira.
Ann

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:17 AM

Looks like a fun start to the Christmas season, Moira, great photo journalism. Carol

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32366 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:30 AM

There is nothing nicer that watching and capturing people having fun. This set of images does just that, brilliant documentary footage. Image number eight being my particular favourite.

Regards Nathan

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franken
franken e2 Member 112924 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:33 AM

A really entertaining set Moira. You can tell that everyone was enjoying themselves.

Ken

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:42 AM

A fine portfolio of excellent examples of photo journalism. I took some photos of our switch-on on Friday but in an unofficial capacity.

Albert

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 8:44 AM

What a lovely set! I love seeing people enjoying themselves in group activities. Each image depicts a great moment of joy and lovely expressions. The only one struggling is the man who seems he doesn't know what to do with the keyboard.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 9:11 AM

Wonderful Moira, full of energy and excitement. Bet you had a great time.

John Smile

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 9:48 AM

A good time was had by all.Smile wonderful set Moira .
Rob

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 53999 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 10:35 AM

I pity the poor bloke on the organ. His fingers must have been frozen. I hope it didn't affect his playing. Grin And in a week's time V7 will be me at our annual Nativity. I usually end up on the tea stall but I'm vying for the mulled wine stand this year. Wink

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Tibetan
Tibetan  1 England
2 Dec 2012 - 10:42 AM

A happy event well recorded, regards Leon. freezing this morning lol.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 11:27 AM

What a wonderfully festive series Moira; the fun sparkles off each shot Smile
Looks like there's a real community atmosphere in your town.
Rende

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 11:45 AM

As stated Moira, energetic images !!! it's on the way.......
Ron.

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 736 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 11:54 AM

A wonderful collection of festive images here Moira, they all seem to be enjoying it, I on the other hand still think Christmas is a humbug!!

Best Matt

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 7Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 12:11 PM

The children love it....

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom889 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 12:45 PM

Thanks everyone. This has put me in a festive mood, I have spent the morning baking. Mince pies and sausage rolls are cooling down for the freezer, the cake is in the oven. I am feeling so housewifely and virtuous it positively hurts.
Regarding this set, as some people have noted the accompanist did not look comfortable. It's as well he was drowned out by the singing... Wink

Quote: I on the other hand still think Christmas is a humbug!!

Well yes, Bill would agree wholeheartedly but that won't deter him from wolfing mince pies!
Cheers, everyone.
Moira

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom889 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 12:57 PM

PS Yes, we do have a strong sense of community, and we are working hard to try to maintain it. It's not easy - we are stuck between a much wealthier neighbour (Hexham) on one side, and much bigger neighbours (Newcastle, the Gateshead Metro Centre) on the other. Plus there's a big new housing estate that has been built without easy pedestrian access to the town centre - it's designed purely as dormitory accommodation for commuters. Events like this work best when they involve the schools, because the children drag their parents along. It's been an excellent year, and we have plans already for big community events next summer.
Moira

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103959 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 1:30 PM

the one fingered organ player deserves a mention..but I really like V3...the soft light reflection on her heavy lens is quite moving Smile

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7332 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom889 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 1:38 PM

Thanks Jeff, I was tempted to lead with V3 or V4 - but V1 is a bit more representative of the evening...
Moira

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
2 Dec 2012 - 2:13 PM

Wonderful images... Happy faces! Community spirit! That's what Xmas is all about! Love V2's musician and V7for what they are preparing! Grin ... IB

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 2:44 PM

So glad you had a great time--- the children obviously did!

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brownsilent
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2 Dec 2012 - 3:46 PM

It's been proved: there was lots of fun on Friday night!
Johanna

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 5TrevBatWCC vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 5:20 PM

A wonderful set of this very enjoyable looking event, Moira - everyone's certainly having super time! I wouldn't mind a glass or two of that wine to go with my Sunday dinner...Wink
Trev Smile

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2 Dec 2012 - 7:06 PM

#7...

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maggietear
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2 Dec 2012 - 9:58 PM

Those kids are just great, lots of innocent enthusiasm for a local event - fantastic! I love photos of children, probably because I've worked with them for 30+ years!!
Maggie

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 10:19 PM

fabulous set difficult to choose a favourite as they all have merit of their own

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Dec 2012 - 11:14 PM

Looks like a fun packed event Moira !!
A good varied set.
Mick.

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2012 - 11:37 AM

Looks a lot of happy faces Moira, Peter..

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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 6602 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
4 Dec 2012 - 5:43 PM

We had the annual Christmas Stroll in our little town this weekend. Similar activites - happy children - the little girl in v3 pulls at my heart strings with that almost rapt, adoring expression.

Anne

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2012 - 9:25 PM

You've captured the colours and fun of the occasion superbly in this Lifesnapperesque set Moira, v1, v7 and v9 are my favourites for the sheer joy and vibrancy

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