Bridgnorth camera club on look out for former members in preparation for 70th anniversary event

A camera club is reeling in the years and searching for former members in preparation for a milestone anniversary.

Club vice president Ralph Walter and member Tim Walter
Club vice president Ralph Walter and member Tim Walter

Next year will see Bridgnorth & District Camera Club celebrate 70 years since it began in 1952.

To mark the occasion, current snappers are putting together an exhibition of shots from the decades gone by, and are hoping to find former members of the club to get involved.

It is hoped the culmination of works can then form part of a celebratory event some time in 2022, fit with music and refreshments.

Ralph Walker is one of the longest serving members of the club, having joined in 1961 at the age of 15, and now acts as vice president.

The 74-year-old of High Town said: "We're trying to get images taken over the period of the 70 years the club has been around.

"We've got plenty from certain years, such as in the 80s – they must have had a good time by the looks of it – but there are other decades we're struggling on.

"We're hoping people will come forward with photos from the early period of the club, particularly the 50s and 60s."

Ralph said photos taken throughout the 90s were also sought after.

"It's going to take a little while to put together, especially as the club's been closed due to the pandemic and we're still not sure how that is going to end, which makes it very difficult to plan," he added.

"The idea is to have a show with music and we know there's quite a lot of old members still around but it's difficult to contact them all so we're trying to reach out to encourage them to come forward."

To get in touch, contact Ralph on 07772818964.

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