Rochester daisies

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Taken with my Nokia Lumia 925 using the ReFocus app and edited in Fhotoroom.

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Rochester Sweeps Festival

Looking forward to this year’s Sweeps Festival which takes place in Rochester over the May Day bank holiday weekend. Hope to see you there!

Chris Irvine | Singer | Entertainer

As so often happens these days, a brief mention of this year’s forthcoming annual Sweeps Festival here in Rochester on Twitter this evening got me looking through my old photos and videos.

This is a video which I recorded at the 2010 event to get you in the mood:

If you have never experienced the Rochester Sweeps Festival, all I can say is you don’t know what you’re missing!

Normally held over the first Bank Holiday weekend in May, this year’s festival will run from Saturday 5th May to Monday 7th May.

This is a unique celebration of the coming of Spring, which also commemorates the traditional holiday for chimney sweeps, or climbing boys as they were also known.

Over the space of three days, Rochester plays host to a number of Morris sides or ‘sets’, culminating in the folk music concerts which are held in the grounds of the historic Rochester Castle…

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Rochester Castle Concerts 2014

After an exceptionally crowd-pleasing Rochester Castle Concerts last year which included artists such as Go West, Tony Hadley and Status Quo, this year’s line-up of artists has finally been confirmed with the announcement today that Level 42, supported by Shakatak, will be kicking off the series of shows on Wednesday 16th July.

For those who have never yet had the opportunity to attend one of the Rochester Castle Concerts in Medway, I would strongly urge you to consider doing so this year. Whilst the UB40 concert is already a sell-out, tickets are now on general sale for Westlife’s Shane Filan, Level 42 (announced today), and Saturday night’s traditional classical spectacular The Proms. A warm welcome is guaranteed in one of the most spectacular and special concert venues in the whole of the UK.

L42_DVD-134This year’s line-up:

Weds 16th July – Level 42 with Shakatak

Thurs 17th July – Shane Filan with Jamie Johnson

Fri 18th July – UB40

Sat 19th July – Castle Proms

Sun 20th July – Under Siege

For tickets and information, visit the official Castle Concerts website – click here

A fine day in Medway…

The view over the river Medway from St Margaret’s Church, Rochester sure is hard to beat on a lovely Spring day. Taken with my Nokia Lumia 925.

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Daisies at Fort Amherst

Taken with my Nokia Lumia 925 using the ReFocus lens and edited in Fhotoroom.

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Rochester Cathedral

Beautiful! Taken on my Nokia Lumia 925 with no filters applied.

Cry Little Sister

For those of a certain age, this is, and always will be, THE movie and soundtrack of the late 80s. Enjoy!

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WP_20140403_765Taken with a Nokia Lumia 925 and edited in Fhotoroom.

 

Keep on Running…

imagingOne of the residents in my ward whom I count as a personal friend is running the Rochester Race for Life 2014 in memory of her late mum, Betty.

This will be the first time Tracey Poole has taken part in any sort of event like this and I would be grateful to all of you out there if you would please consider lending her your support. Tracey is running in support of Cancer Research UK.

You can donate online – Click Here

Here’s what Tracey has to say:

Thanks for visiting my Race for Life page. Please dig deep and sponsor me online – it’s quick, easy and totally secure.

My beautiful, kind, loving mum Betty would have been 75 this year as a birthday memorial i decided to do the Race for Life, it will be my 1st event of this kind & although i have health issues of my own i am determined to do this in memory of my mum, so please if you can sponsor me & lets show cancer who is boss & kick it’s arse….thank you xxxx

would like to thank these kind people who have filled in my sponsor form & paid in advance

Vikki,Ted,Grant,Stella,Val,Dennis,Andy,Jodie,Chloe,Paula,Tommy,Natalie,Collin,Paul,Linda,Joan,Mr & Mrs P,Matt,JP,Bob & Marylin,Maggs & Mike,Brian most of all were customers at Cresent Stores..xxx

 

Haim: The Wire

Great song, and video, from my band of the year so far. Enoy!

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