Peter Sumner shares pictures from his 52-year career

Northwich Guardian: The two bridges of Northwich. The two bridges of Northwich.

A FURTHER two aerial photographs have been revealed by a man who photographed Northwich and its residents for more than half a century.

In last week’s Remember When we featured two pictures of old Northwich taken from the air by Peter Sumner, of Winnington Street.

He reached his lofty vantage point when working as a photographer for British Salt in Middlewich and was required to hire an aeroplane to monitor the company’s lagoons.

This was a small part of a career that spanned 52 years and that started with a simple boyhood dream.

Peter, now 86, said: “I was always interested in photography ever since being a kid.

“When I was a boy in the 1930s The Beano came out,” he said.

“For the first couple of weeks they had a prize with each comic and in the first one I got there was a negative, printing out paper and a cardboard sleeve that you would leave in the sun to develop.

“I thought it was magical and can remember it distinctly.”

Peter had a studio in Witton Street throughout his career, started out in offices in Northwich Libary before moving to 99 Witton Street, where he was based for more than 40 years.

He retired when he was 72.

“I still take photographs – if not every day then at least every week,” he said.

“I was working on a hobby my whole life.

“I was jumping for joy that people paid me to do what I loved doing.

“I enjoyed every single minute of it.”

These pictures show two different angles of the River Weaver in Northwich town centre.

One shows both Town Bridge and Hayhurst Bridge, the looming gas tower and the Regal cinema, as well as a council yard between the two bridges.

The other shows Hayhurst Bridge, Navigation Road, Castle Street and Holy Trinity Church.

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11:19pm Fri 18 Apr 14

JohnnyK1 says...

Is there any way I could possibly be able to get hold of some pictures of the old Moore & Brock site past and present?
Is there any way I could possibly be able to get hold of some pictures of the old Moore & Brock site past and present? JohnnyK1
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