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Photographer who served weeklies into his nineties dies aged 100

John MurdochA photographer who continued to serve his local newspapers into old age has died aged 100.

Tributes have been paid to John Murdoch, who worked for the Cumnock Chronicle and Ayrshire Post, among other titles.

John, pictured on his 100th birthday last May, was recruited more than 50 years ago by fellow Chronicle photographer John Merry, combining his press carer with duties running his family’s farm.

He continued taking pictures for the Post and the Chronicle up to the age of 93.

John’s niece Moira Roxburgh said: “He was a farmer all his days – he was born at the farm and worked there with my dad but his real passion was the photos.

“He started taking them as a hobby and then went into agricultural shows, for the papers, weddings, family events.

“He loved going out and about. He got so well known for being in the villages and communities.

“He was still taking pictures up until 93, went over to a digital camera and was emailing pictures into the Ayrshire Post and Cumnock Chronicle. Not many 90-year-olds could work a laptop.”