Buxton photo exhibition delivers £1,900 boost for hospice

Tim Mourne of Blythe House Hospice, bidder Ken Mycock, fundraiser  Rachel Damms and Tarmac's Lucy Smith.
Tim Mourne of Blythe House Hospice, bidder Ken Mycock, fundraiser Rachel Damms and Tarmac's Lucy Smith.

An exhibition of historic photographs has raised over £1,900 to give a vital boost to a Chapel-en-le-Frith care charity.

Back in June, Tarmac’s Tunstead site released a selection of photographs from its 28,500 archive images.

Printed on canvas, they were exhibited at The Green Man Gallery in Buxton in association with Discover Buxton.

Over 1,000 visitors attended the event and many took the opportunity to place secret bids for the prints, with the proceeds going to Blythe House Hospice.

Viv Russell, a director at Lafarge Tarmac Tunstead, said: “We have been astounded by the huge interest.

“The images have raised a lot of emotions and captured the imagination of many people who may have worked in local quarries or have family members who did so.

“We are delighted to be able to make such a large donation to a worthwhile cause.”

The prints capture the working conditions of quarrymen and women in local lime firms from the late 19th century through to the 1940s.

Highlights included extreme snowfalls, loading wagons manually on to trains and the land girls at work in the First and Second World Wars.

Ken Mycock, who successfully bid on two prints, said: “My father and grandfather also worked for the Buxton Lime Firms and they bring back many memories.”

Hospice fundraiser Rachel Damms said: “This was a fantastic idea for raising funds. We’re grateful to the Tunstead site for all their support.”

Tarmac plan to make more images available in future.