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Tributes after photographer loses cancer fight at 49

Tributes have been paid to a former freelance press photographer who has died at the age of 49 after a six-month battle with cancer.

Robin Haworth, left, worked as a freelance photographer for the Lancashire Telegraph and the Chorley and Blackpool Citizens as part of his career, which saw him become renowned for motorsport images.

He travelled across the country taking pictures at karting and rallying events and contributed to several motorsport magazines, while he also had a wedding photography business.

After leaving school, Robin worked for a machinery company and his family’s grocery firm before pursuing a career in photography.

The dad-of-two, who lived in Whalley all his life, died in Royal Preston Hospital earlier this month after six months battling a tumour on his pituitary gland.

Neil Johnson, Lancashire Telegraph picture editor, said: “All of Robin’s ex-colleagues and friends were deeply saddened to hear of his sudden death at such a young age. Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with his family.

“Robin was a skilled photographer who worked with distinction on many of our newspaper titles.

“Above all Robin will be remembered for his boundless enthusiasm and infectious good humour which lifted the spirits of all around him.”

Sylvia Ragnall, his father’s partner, told the Telegraph: “Robin was a loving, gentle man, who was simply devoted to his children. He took pride in their every achievement and was loved by many.

“One thing I have heard from all who knew him was his good-natured personality and fun sense of humour. It’s terrible to lose him so soon.”

Robin leaves 17-year-old daughter Sophie, son Oscar, 12, parents David and Nancy and brothers Simon, Matthew and Christopher.