93-year-old former press photographer, John Barnes, has been sharing his memories of photographing Queen Elizabeth II.
John, who lives at Windsor Court care home in Wetherby with his wife, Audrey, became a press photographer after two years of National Service and one year in public relations.
After working for two different news publications in West Hartlepool, John eventually moved to Kings Lynn in Norfolk, where he was hired as Chief Photographer for the Lynn News.
John’s role was focused around capturing photos of the Queen. He was sent to a variety of events where the Queen would be making appearances, and John would be allowed to take two photographs. John said,
‘On one occasion, the Queen turned to me while I was taking a picture and said ‘Is this alright, Mr. Photographer?’. I defy anybody to say no! What a Queen, what a sovereign she was…’
After hearing the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, John wanted to show his fellow residents his work from over the years.
He proudly put his photo album on display in the care home’s lounge, where residents and staff could flip through the photographs and reminisce over their favourite memories of the Queen.
Sophie Summerscales, the Home Manager at Windsor Court, said:
We feel so privileged to have seen John’s work, and to hear our residents’ memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been so special.
We were all devastated by the news of the Queen’s passing, but being able to come together to remember the 70 years of service she gave to our country has proved a great way to support everyone through this period of mourning.
Windsor Court, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home rated ‘GOOD’ by the Care Quality Commission. All 66 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible.