Former Lynn photographer dies, aged 88

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A member of the family which for decades ran a well-known photography business in Lynn, Dick Goodchild, died on Thursday after a short illness, aged 88.

Mr Goodchild, who lived in Lynn, and his older brother, Jack, both took pictures of the Queen while they ran the family business P.M Goodchild and Son, which was originally established by their father, Percy.

Percy bought the business in 1929 and set it up under his own name, which became a household word for photography throughout West Norfolk. On numerous occasions Percy visited Sandringham to photograph members of the Royal Family, including King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, King George V and Queen Mary and King George VI.

His business held the Royal Warrant for King George V and King George VI, and although Jack and Dick took pictures of the Queen, they never applied for the warrant.

Jack joined his father’s business in 1932 and was responsible for expanding the professional photographic side, before joining the Royal Navy during the Second World War.

Dick joined the business after wartime service with the RAF. Their two sisters, Mary and Esme, were also actively involved with running the business, as were Jack’s wife, Elsie, and Dick’s wife, Enid, who died seven years ago.

The business gained a widespread reputation for its family portraits, wedding photography and commercial pictures, and besides the photographic work, there was always a substantial picture-framing business, with the shop catering extensively for the artist.

Goodchild’s moved from Lynn High Street to Norfolk Street in 1955 and in 1979 moved to St James Street. The family photographic and art shop finally closed in June 1985 when Jack retired. Jack died in 1987 aged 70.

Dick, however, continued to work as a photographer, developer and picture framer from his home, which at that time was in Gaywood. Although he retired from the business in the early 1980s, he continued to lecture in photography at King’s Lynn Technical College until 1996.

He leaves two daughters, Catherine Moon and Jane Belfield, and four grandchildren. There will be no funeral. He has donated his brain to medical science.