Ryhope Village is in the North East of England.
From the mid 1800's to the 1950's coal mining was the major source of employment for Ryhope's inhabitants. Allotments became very popular, with some of the men growing produce and others keeping livestock.
Pigeon racing and vegetable shows became hobbies among the miners. For once they had the opportunity of winning praise, and cash, for doing something they enjoyed.
This heritage has been passed down through generations. It is a large part of our cultural history - but the numbers are dwindling. Developers, vandalism and rising costs are damaging this part of our community and we are slowly losing our allotments.
All profits from this book will go to Ryhope Pigeon Club.
I am a part-time photography student, currently in my second year of a three year foundation degree course at Sunderland University. I was born in Sunderland and still live there with my husband Duncan and two daughters Amy and Caitlin.