Paul’s photo named as shining example

Paul Daniels' photo of the 'Global Rainbow' art event from St Mary's Lighthouse has been selected by Mayor Linda Arkley as her favourite.

Paul Daniels' photo of the 'Global Rainbow' art event from St Mary's Lighthouse has been selected by Mayor Linda Arkley as her favourite.

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A PHOTOGRAPH of an artwork which helped put a North Tyneside tourist attraction in a new light is to be put on permanent display.

Thousands of shots of Yvette Mattern’s Global Rainbow light show were taken during the five nights it was projected from St Mary’s headland near Whitley Bay earlier this year.

One in particular has caught the eye of borough mayor Linda Arkley, however, and been picked to go on show at North Tyneside Council’s Quadrant headquarters in North Shields.

Paul Daniels, of Whitley Bay, captured an image of the lasers lighting up the sky over St Mary’s Lighthouse on the final night of the event on Sunday, March 4.

As a prize for winning the competition, Paul will be given tickets to a Mouth of the Tyne Festival concert in July.

Mrs Arkley said: “Global Rainbow really captured the public’s imagination and helped put North Tyneside on the global map.

“There were so many brilliant images, but, for me, Paul’s photograph had that something special which captured the essence of Yvette Mattern’s wonderful artwork.”

Paul said: “Having Yvette Mattern’s Global Rainbow at the lighthouse provided the perfect opportunity to do something different with an already-well-photographed location.

“Given the huge attendance and number of photographs posted of the event, I’m absolutely delighted to have had my image selected.”

Thousands of people travelled from all over the UK to see the display, staged as part of the build up to the London Olympics.

Paul’s photo can also be seen at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/arts