Ex-Derbeian Tony Jones, 84, who now lives in Exeter, has sent in the lovely picture, above, taken by renowned Derby Telegraph photographer Dick Arnold. Jane Goddard reports.
SURFING the internet from his home in Devon, Tony Jones spotted our recent story on the late Derby Telegraph photographer Dick Arnold.
The story told how one of Dick’s photographs had been chosen for a special exhibition to be staged at Windsor Castle as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The chosen photograph showed the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arriving at Derby’s Midland Station for a royal visit back in March 1957.
The story reminded Tony of his own long friendship with Mr Arnold.
He said: “He was not only a great photographer but a great guy.
“Myself and my late wife, Molly‘s family, the Steels of Stenson Road, regarded him as a close friend. Over the years, he took many photographs of Molly doing Scottish dancing at Holidays in the Park events; of Molly and myself and other friends and family at Scottish balls and other dances at the Assembly Rooms and, finally, he agreed to be our official photographer at our wedding on Valentine’s Day, 1955.
“I still have all the photographs he took of our wedding and also a few taken at other events.
“One has particularly special memories as it was taken in the window of the Assembly Rooms, overlooking the Market Place, during one of the Scottish dances, probably in the late 1950s.
“Dick had with him that night a new reporter, who he was helping to train, and, having taken our photographs, stood aside while the ‘new boy’ took down our particulars.
“Our party consisted of my wife and myself and two close friends, also well known to Dick.
“A wink from Dick indicated that his sense of humour had surfaced – he had a very wicked sense of humour.
“With several of us talking at once, aided and abetted by Dick, the party was introduced as ‘the Armstrong Jones and this is Anthony Jones and that is Margaret’!
“You can imagine the confusion and the smiles of other friends who had gathered round to see what was going on.
“Our party actually consisted of Peter and Margaret Armstrong and Tony and Molly Jones.
“I wonder if that young trainee is still around and if he remembers the occasion?”