At the beginning of September last year I was lucky to undertake a fabulous photo shoot for the Brecks Partnership with the brief of providing some family oriented tourist images to promote the area.
Over the course of two days we (Brecks Partnership Manager Neil Featherstone and his two children plus Brecks Business Support Officer Michelle Turner) visited a wealth of local tourist attractions – from Castle Acre in the north of the Brecks to West Stow in the south. The sun shone and we had a fantastic time – it was one of those jobs that didn’t seem like work at all!
The launch of Brecks Awareness Week
Fast-forward to 31 July 2103 and the start of Brecks Awareness Week. Earlier I had been contacted by Michelle to invite me to a special launch event for the week to see the unveiling of a local Greater Anglia train (running from Norwich-Cambridge) that had been liveried in decals showing a range of Brecks Tourist attractions.
I’m not quite sure what I was expecting as we all waited for the train to arrive at but I can honestly say that it looked absolutely magnificent as it pulled into Norwich station. The decals were designed by Suffolk agency Ark Design and feature full sized images from our September photo shoot along with stunning landscape and wildlife shots by another Norfolk photographer Nick Ford.
The train was officially launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony by former Director General of MI5, Stella Rimmington, who lives in the Brecks and is passionate about the Norfolk countryside. Then it was all aboard the train to Brandon for a lovely local buffet lunch. Along the way local actor Alexander Helm treated us to readings about the Brecks.
Perfect picnic gift
Lunch was followed by speeches and thanks and we were all presented with a Brecks goody bag – complete with all of the equipment needed for a perfect summer picnic! Then it was back to the station to catch the train back to Norwich.
I came home on a real high – it is very dramatic to see some of your photos displayed in such a stunning way and Nick and I joked later on Twitter that we must be part of a very select group to have this honour! A big well done to Neil, Michelle and all the local partners for making the project happen!
Find out more about the Brecks
If you want to see more of the Brecks and find out about its wonderful attractions visit www.brecks.org and keep an eye on the Blog over the next week when I’ll be posting some of the shots from last year’s photo shoot.