Bygone days captured in photo exhibition

Seaton and Beer featured in display - from the later years of Queen Victoria’s reign through to the 1970s

MEMORIES of times gone by are set to be rekindled thanks to Seaton photographer Chris Byrne Jones.

His annual exhibition opens tomorrow (Wednesday, March 21), providing a rare chance to see how the resort and neighbouring Beer have changed over the years.

This time the pictures come not only from the historic Byrne Jones collection but also from John Scott’s collection of photographs of old Beer.

They span from the later years of Queen Victoria’s reign through to the 1970s and are based on four themes - Seaton, Good Old Seaton, John Scott’s Beer Collection and Scenes of Beer Beach.

Many of the photographs feature local residents, as well as street scenes, the beach and boats and buildings, which have changed or may no longer be there.

Over 300 photographic prints have been made for this exhibition, most of them, where possible, from the original negatives, with others scanned off historic original prints.

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As well as these newly printed photos, Mr Byrne Jones will be taking along a further 400 photographs which were on display at last year’s exhibition and will be shown again if there is the space to do so.

The exhibition is in the function room at Winstons, in Harbour Road, today and tomorrow, open on both days from 11am, closing at 7pm today and 5.30pm tomorrow.