Bridlington photographers win prizes for their snaps of summer

Jean Illingworth's picture of the Olympic Torch parade through Bridlington was a winner.
Jean Illingworth's picture of the Olympic Torch parade through Bridlington was a winner.

SNAPSHOTS of the Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Torch procession in Bridlington have earned two budding photographer’s from the town prizes.

Jean Illingworth and Jean Bridges have been selected as two of the six winners in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Summer of Celebration photography competition.

More than 80 entries were submitted to the competition which was designed to capture the pride and community spirit shown in the region amid the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Amateur photographers were invited to send in their best photos of Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Torch as it was carried through the East Riding.

It was Jean Illingworth’s image of cerebral palsy sufferer Sophie McMullen, 18, carrying the torch in Bridlington that grabbed the attention of the judges, along with photographs of Beverley’s Jubilee.

Mrs Illingworth, 55, of Belvedere Road said being a part of the celebrations was magical and really captured her imagination.

“I have only recently started photographing events and I have really enjoyed it. What I loved about the Jubilee was the light, it was fantastic in Beverley, everyone’s faces and the flags were lit up,” said Mrs Illingworth who has been photographing the East Riding for 10 years.

“The whole atmosphere was just magical,” she added.

Jean Bridges achieved success with her photos of the torch parade through Bridlington, featuring snap shots of the thousands of people who lined the town’s streets and Dr Badr Alshibani carrying the flame.

Mrs Bridges, 65, of Danes Croft said: “You could feel the atmosphere was electric, it was definitely worth going out to see.”

The other winners, alongside Jean, were Jo-Anne Bell for ‘Wetwang Scarecrow Pays Homage to her Majesty’, Amy Bettison for ‘Passing on the flame in Beverley’, Barry Ewbank for ‘Lund Jubilee Tea’ and ‘Charlie the Patriotic Punk’, and Denise Jacques for ‘Waiting for the Torch.’