Photo exhibition of Filby, Thrigby and Mautby

THEY represent a life’s precious moments, captured in time and preserving the memory of loved ones for posterity.

A planned photographic exhibition is dedicated to the memory of people who lived in the villages of Filby, Thrigby and Mautby.

Taking place at Filby Village Club this summer, the event will feature around 100 images of generations of residents from the three places.

Called Filby People Remembered, it is being held as part of the Open Gardens Weekend on July 16 and 17. Previous exhibitions have featured current residents and wedding photos. Together, the images will form part of the Filby Collection, which it is hoped will go on permanent display when the village community centre opens.

Organisers Lesley Johnson and Janet Laxon plan to include around 100 photos in the exhibition. Copies of the images will be displayed alongside a flower arrangement created by Janet.

Around 50 have been provided so far, the oldest a photo of William English Bunn (1845-1914) who was landlord of the King’s Head in Filby. The pub was in the family’s hands for 160 years up to the 1960s.

The photo of William, who was landlord for 35 years up until his death, is owned by his great grandson Gerald Bunn.

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Lesley said: “The exhibition is meant as a tribute to loved ones that people would like to remember. It is whatever people think best represents their friends and relatives. They could be formal portraits, snapshots, wedding photos, anything really. It is interesting putting faces to names or seeing photos of people when they were young.”

Lesley is including photos of her late mum Sophie Bills who lived in the village for four years and died 18 months ago and friend Jackie Copeman who passed away in September last year.

l Anyone wishing to have photos displayed at the exhibition should call Lesley on 01493 369536.