Doncaster super snapper Roy looks back

The Vulcan bomber arriving at at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.
The Vulcan bomber arriving at at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.

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

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

Queen and Prince Philip outside the Mansion House during a visit to Doncaster on July 29, 1975.

Queen and Prince Philip outside the Mansion House during a visit to Doncaster on July 29, 1975.

The 80-year-old says photography is something which always appealed to him, and something he took enjoyment from every day of his 43-year long career.

He said: “I always found it interesting, and I still do. Despite having taken thousands of photographs, there wasn’t one day I didn’t feel like going out on a job.”

Roy, of Lauder Road, Bentley, says he enjoyed taking pictures of the Royal Family in particular because it was always ‘interesting’.

“I took pictures of Princess Diana when she came on a visit to Doncaster Royal Infirmary,” said Roy.

Roy Ingram gets ready to capture the evening on his cameras. Picture: Holly Allen.

Roy Ingram gets ready to capture the evening on his cameras. Picture: Holly Allen.

“She was brilliant because she would stop and smile for the photographers. I also loved taking photos of the Queen on her visit to the Mansion House.”

Roy was often sent on jobs to RAF Finningley, which was decommissioned in 2006, and includes going up in the historic former combat bomber, Vulcan as one of the highlights of his long and varied career.

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 phased. He celebrated his diamond wedding anniversary to wife, Shirley last year, and says it was nice to have someone photograph his landmark anniversary after decades of capturing those moments for other Doncaster couples.

Despite retiring Roy still keeps his hand in and mainly takes photographs of his large and ‘lovely’ family or of nature scenes in his back garden.