Earlier this year the fund-raising team at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice invited me to capture the fun and excitement of their annual cycling challenge – Ride for Ryder 2019.
This is one of the longest running and best-loved charity cycling events in the UK. It starts in the centre of Cheltenham and offers riders a choice of 40km, 90km or 130km routes around the Cotswolds. Last year’s event raised over £50,000 for the hospice.
A few months ago, I found a set of black and white negatives while sorting through my filing system. The pictures of children playing in the streets in Blackburn were taken in the mid-1970s for a school photo competition – which I won with a picture of a young girl in a chequered coat.
Anticipating the potential value of the photos, I contacted the community history librarian at Blackburn Central Library. Mary Painter described the negatives as ‘gold dust’ and introduced me to Bill Jacobs – a journalist at the Lancashire Telegraph.Read More