Press Photography

Vintage Spirit - June 2019 


I was pleased to find out that my photographs were featured in two articles in the June 2019 edition of Vintage Spirit.

  • Frys's Sentinel Steams after Restoration
  • Narrowboat Commemorates WW1 Naval Airman

Vintage Spirit - March 2019


I was pleased to find out that my photographs, with Douglas Hynds's venerable Aveling engine across the Forest towards the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2018 were featured in the March 2019 edition of Vintage Spirit.


Durrington - 04.12.18

Although not quite 'press photography', I was once again delighted to find the following e-mail from Philippa Drew of Meridian News, in my mail box!

Hello David,

Thanks for these lovely pictures, I'll be featuring one of them in this evening's weather chat - hope you get a chance to catch it!

Best wishes, Philippa

These photographs were taken early this morning at sunrise, it was just minus 2, but dropped to minus 4, as the sun rose and it became misty.  The photograph which featured on Meridian is the one above.

Salisbury Plain at Milston Down - 27.10.18

Although not quite 'press photography', I was delighted to find the following e-mail from Philippa Drew of Meridian News, in my mail box!

Hello Dave,

Thanks for this fabulous set of pictures, I'll be using one of them in this evening's weather chat. Hope you get a chance to catch it!

Best wishes,  Philippa

These photographs were taken early this morning at sunrise, with a slight frost with patchy mist.  The photograph which featured on Meridian is the one above.

Restoration of the 'Bulford Kiwi'

Cultivated Poppies
These are cultivated poppies grown along the Allington Track near the A303 at Amesbury.  The fields around here, have for several years, been used to cultivate Poppies.  These poppies are commercial ones grown for the pharmaceutical trade for codeine etc.  The poppies are pink through to mauve.
OP3 Range Fire - 22.06.18
From the perimeter range road byway, outside the range markers near Lavington Folly, the impact area was set on fire and has been been burning in areas, for several days, as a result of the dry weather and the probability of some phosphorous munitions, setting the grass downland on fire.
The fires were well inside the secure area, in a valley, well within the impact area.  This was being monitored and did  not form any threat to livestock, crops etc.  The fire looked quite alarming at times and could be seen for miles, but it was slow moving and although first thought it would burn itself out, it was reported to Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service at approximately 13:50 on 22.06.18.  Approximately 30 firefighters tackled the blaze with crews from Amesbury, Salisbury and Devizes.  Fire crews were at the scene until just after 20:00 when the incident was handed over to the Ministry of Defence.  Saturday saw the fire at Rushall Down, still burning and was allowed to burn out under controlled supervision.  This will allow the old un exploded shells etc to be destroyed and a new lush grass and other wildflowers etc to germinate. 
The main annoyance to residents, is that there was some thick smoke drifting through the valleys.  On Saturday morning, after a wind direction change and the decrease in wind speed, the smoke had drifted as far as Salisbury and was visible 15 miles from its source. 
Update - 12.07.18
The photographs below show several fires still burning in the secure areas of downland.  There have been many outbreaks of fire on and around the downs, it is not sure how these all started or if they were started deliberately.  Those outside the impact areas, where it was safe for Fire crews etc to get to them, have been dealt with.  Unfortunately, each time the wind direction changed the fires flared up again.
The main A360 was closed for a while due to the smoke, even though the fire is out in the impact area, quite a far distance from the road.
See link below

Freedom of Amesbury Town - 08.04.18


MOD Boscombe Down exercised its Right of Entry granted by Amesbury Town Council to Commemorate 100 years of the RAF.  The special honour was given ‘in recognition of the historical connections with the town’.  “It is to be certified that MOD Boscombe Down is entitled to march through the Town on occasions with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.”


Amesbury residents were invited to witness the special event.  Unfortunately, there was no Band, Drums or Colours, also the planned flypast did not happen.

Army poison probe extends into the village of Durrington


Extract from Salisbury Journal accompanying photographs


12.03.18 - The investigation into a nerve agent attack in Salisbury spread to Durrington on Monday.  Police and military personnel used a crane and a loading vehicle to remove a car from a concrete works in Larkhill Road in the town.

A crane and a military loading vehicle were at the scene, alongside firefighters and the ambulance service.  Police were accused of incompetence after they took more than a fortnight to seize the car.

Salisbury Journal - Ploughing Competition Stars - 22.10.14


The Queen & the Duke of Edinburgh Visited the New Forest Show as part of their Diamond Jubilee Tour of the UK


25.07.12 - I had the honour of being asked to take photographs of the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh as they visited the New Forest Show, escorted by the Agisters.


The Show President is Mr Alan Titchmarsh, who I also met up with on his tour of inspections around the site.
Miss Sue Westwood, Clerk to the Verderers invited me to the Show, after she had seen some of my photographs in the Western Daily Press & Salisbury Journal.  I was made most welcome on the day

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  • Eleanor firmstone (Thursday, January 23 20 09:20 am GMT)

    Hi, do you have any information on the steam roller ru7342. We now own the roller and wondered what year this was taken.
    Thanks Eleanor

  • Sarah Mitchell (Wednesday, September 11 19 10:31 pm BST)

    Hi there is a wonderful picture you took of a dear friend of mine on his journey to the gdsf this year. It is in the western daily press dated 22/08/19 Carl Brown roading the Marshall to gdsf. I cannot locate this picture on any website to purchase and was hoping i could purchase through yourself many thanks Sarah

  • John Baines (Friday, April 05 19 03:45 pm BST)

    Have you any photogaphs of James & Crockerills yard in Durrington? Their MD Peter Barber owned the Burrell Scenic Road loco 'Prince of Wales@ and other engines including Burrell roller 'Daffodil'

  • Zoe Read (Saturday, March 02 19 07:08 pm GMT)

    I see you already have dates for this one but I wondered if you would consider adding Purbeck Rally to your event list?
    9th -11th August
    worgret road, wareham, dorset, BH20 6AB
    Raising funds for Forest Holme Hospice Charity & other local causes.

  • Andrew Gray (Wednesday, February 20 19 07:55 pm GMT)

    Is that Mr Dimmer and the train made at Durrington Sec Modern, I started there 1963 and left 1968. Mr Dimmer (Regg) was such a great teacher. Wonderful set of images to treasure. p.s we met today at the Boscombe Down Tornado fly past.

  • Jamie (Saturday, September 01 18 01:39 am BST)


    I am Jamie. One of the coalomen from last weeks steam fair. I know you mentioned taking lots of photos of us and it would be lovely to see them. Please get back to me when you can with prices ect i will most certainly purchase a few! In the meantime i will admire wgat you have on your page here already, hope you enjoyed the show! Speak soon


  • Don Russell (Friday, August 17 18 08:51 am BST)

    Hullo, found your site when looking for GDSF info. I was wondering if you had any information regarding engines travelling to the GDSF. I read engines will be raising money for cancer on there journey but I cannot find any info regarding route and timings.Thanks

  • Brian Moore (Saturday, August 04 18 12:40 pm BST)

    Thanks David: Brian

  • Peter Freeman (Thursday, May 10 18 09:56 pm BST)

    Fantastic site, easy to read and great pics! Keep up the good work.

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