Wivenhoe: Photo exhibition brings past to the present

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A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition later this summer is a testament to one man’s fondness for his home town.

John Stewart started with a single postcard, but his collection expanded over the years as more and more people donated their local photographic memorabilia.

Now his one-man show is a regular on Wivenhoe’s social calendar, raising money for the town mayor’s charities fund.

Set out in themed sections, the photos cover all things Wivenhoe:yachts and boat-building, street scenes, notable buildings, football team and school line-ups and the ‘Crab and Winkle’ branch line which joined Wivenhoe with Brightlingsea.

Naturally, people - especially the well-known characters who were once resident - make up a large part of the display.

Alongside the numerous Green family, there is sailmaker Hector Barr, High Street boot and shoemaker Philip Chamberlain, Johnny Turner, mast headsman on King George V’s yacht Britannia, and Captain William Goodwin on board the 1902 steam yacht Rosabelle, which was torpedoed and sunk off Gibraltar in 1941.

• John Stewart’s grand exhibition of old Wivenhoe photographs is at the William Loveless Hall, High Street, Wivenhoe, on August bank holiday weekend, open daily from August 27 to 29 between 10am and 6pm. Refreshments available.

Admission is free, although donations to the Mayor of Wivenhoe’s Charities Fund are welcome.

Read more of this story in this week's Essex County Standard Looking Back feature.

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