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Photographer who served weekly for 43 years dies aged 89

Roy IngramA photographer who served a weekly newspaper for 43 years has died aged 89.

Tributes have been paid to Roy Ingram, who worked for the Doncaster Free Press from the late 1960s until his retirement in 2012.

Roy, pictured, photographed subjects including Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana during his career with the Free Press.

In a 2012 interview, he told the paper the Queen Mother had been his “favourite” because she “stopped and looked at the photographers so we could get nice pictures”.

In an obituary for the Free Press, reporter Darren Burke wrote: “Roy Ingram was a familiar face across the city from the 1960s up to his retirement, covering Royal visits, weddings, tragedies, celebrities and hundreds of other news events during a lengthy career in the press.

“It was a hobby turned job for Roy who spent more than four decades taking pictures of life in Doncaster.

“A Jack of many trades, he previously worked as a railway signalman and served in the RAF before beginning a career as a freelance photographer for the Doncaster Free Press in the 1960s.”

“In the time he was a jobbing photographer, Roy saw many changes to the profession, mainly in terms of technology and the move from film to digital prints and the introduction of computers to the job – but says he was never fazed.”

At one stage in his career, Roy had his own studio and office, trading as the Danum Press Agency.

Roy and his wife Shirley, who celebrated their platinum wedding anniversaty last year, had eight children – seven daughters and one son – and 21 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchilden.