The title suggests that Toon Fools could be making a come back? Hmm dunno about that just yet but one thing is for sure and thats that a good chunk of the North was hitting up spots in the east-end of Newcastle today and for those who missed out here’s the shinfo..
After a busy as hell week working away in knee deep mud and beautiful hillside farm locations I returned up’t North to meet up with Olly, session a bit of Street Fighter V and generally have a good catch up over a cuppa and bit of banana loaf (supplied by Lenny) while planning the Sunday Session for the next day. Many cups of tea later, smashing out combo’s with F.A.N.G and Birdy on SFV we decided to make a small plan to catch up with “one week on a mission” Pete G and Tom Bright at the Wasteland. Here’s what unfolded in an easy to understand array of photomagraphs >
First thing that came apparent was that it had been raining the past few days up here and the wastey hadn’t fully recovered yet but the run up to the kicker/jumpbox was dry so the session began. First up was “let your hair down” Daz E busting out some stylish transfers over the box, just check out that pic
Next up before you knew it The Count and Olly starting training it, complimentary tables and x-ups in check
At this point I decided to step up my photo game a little and get the Elinchrom’s out and fight some sunshine for the photo of The Count doing a sweet Grizz Air just before we decided enough is enough and street was next on the cards. Pete had been on a street finding mission recently and took it upon himself to be tour guide as we got our shit together and headed deep into Walker, crew assembled, camera packed away and stories of the things that had been happening over the past couple of weeks started to unfold.
First stop was Church Walk, somehow a rail had been twisted and beat up, probably by Pete’s old Peugeot 106, for a quick peg sesh. Nothing special went down and Newrick had met up with us on his single speed. The pedals were not ready for an all day sesh on his BMX unfortunately so the big wheel was the steed of choice, that and steeling other peoples bikes seemed to work out alright. We quickly moved on from Church Walk as we realised there must be a problem because the local Greggs was shut.. tough times.
Next up we moved on to the industrial areas down by the Tyne and found this little setup and a few pallets which were quickly modelled into something The Count could do a nice tucked gap over. But first check out the lighting test shot.. DAD PHOTO 😛
Pete ‘The Tour Guide and Party Animal’ Greaves did something that guaranteed a front P and as predicted it happened but it gave me time to snap this photo above before being taken to what looked to be a really great spot but little did we know that it had the most anti-hop we’ve witnessed in quite some time. As we rolled out of the corrugated metropolis, photos in the bank, we saw this square metal rail outside a car mobility garage that we literally about to peg until someone walked out the building which would have been a bust. We waiting patiently but the dude wasn’t in a hurry to move on, we speculated what he may have been doing in his car while we waited in the distance but unfortunately that rail will be hit up next time we’re down this way and a snap shall be taken.
We came across some amazing nibs and jibs while on the way to the anti-hop playground that seemed to exist in what can only be described as a once thriving area but now just a desolate wasteland, as you’ll see below. At first some of us thought that the local workshops had a private basketball court and playground and then realised that they’d just knocked down pretty much every house that used to exist there but left the key features… not that anyone but us could or would want to use them anymore.
Olly stepped up first with the one footed table at the wasteland.. sorry I meant playground or smack den and then before you knew it the crew were in full effect busting out downside whips, b’s, footjam whips and Newrick picked up my steed to practice some 360 tyre taps (recorded the whole thing so wait for the edit…)
Apart from having multiple attempts of trying to get Pete’s bebbs photo because he never seems to let go of the bars for more than 1/1000th of a second, Tom Bright was going for the downside whip a few times until he finally pulled it clean enough that the place erupted with hollas and cheers and the photograph below was captured forever
I forgot to say that young buck and late arrival Conor Bedford turned up full of beans and bebbs just before we hit up one of our final spots and watering hole the Tyne Bar but one of my favourite photos of the Sunday Session was about to be taken. Conor seems to be some kind of robot that, at a drop of a hat, can bust out pretty much any move you ask him to without question and loves riding. Newrick said something along the lines of “How does it feel to be working with such a consistent rider…” he’s learned well that Conor and I hope this photo shows it off somewhat.
Can’t wait for the next Sunday Session to come round and for more photos, more words from my tired brain and more fun times to be recorded and the old phire.. i’ll leave you with some nice snaps from the Pub.. have a good week ahead!