The celebration was held at Touchstones Rochdale on a date as near as possible to when the first meeting was held and chaired by Mr. J. A. Bright M.P. who was elected as President and possibly never imagined that the Society would still be going strong 125 years later!
The event began in the morning with Audio Visual work and Digital Images on continuous display in the pleasant meeting room on the ground floor of Touchstones. On display at the entrance to the meeting room were four panels depicting a famous Rochdalian photographer Roger Fenton, cameras through the ages, and ‘then and now’ information on the Society.
Members of the public were made welcome and at 2:30pm the formal programme began following the arrival of the Mayor of Rochdale Councilor Surinder Biant and Councilor Janet Emsley.
The first item was a talk by Mike Davis on the history of photography and its role in the Borough, followed by the awards for the public photographic competition on the theme “Work and Play in the Borough of Rochdale.”
Three members of the Creative Writers Group then read poems inspired by photographs from our Annual Exhibition, and this was followed by an audio visual film created by Brennan Nield from photographs taken by club members on the theme of “Life on the River Roch.”
A short film entitled For the Love of Photography brought the programme to an end.
Thanks were expressed by the President Lynda Redfern to all who had contributed in any way, and to those who had attended. The Mayor was then invited to close the proceedings, and to cut the celebratory cake. As refreshments were served it was time to reflect on a most enjoyable day.