Tributes paid to former Lynn News photographer Deryk Story

Deryk Story, John Barnes and Roy Williams
Deryk Story, John Barnes and Roy Williams
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Tributes have been paid to a former chief photographer at the Lynn News who has died after a short illness.

Deryk Story, 83, of Ebble Close, South Wootton, died at Amberley Hall Care Home on Tuesday.

Mr Story was a well-known face around West Norfolk after taking pictures for the Lynn News for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife Pat along with children Johanna and Robert along with five grandchildren.

Mrs Story said: “He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.”

Mr Story was born in Kirton, near Boston, in Lincolnshire, and attended the village schools.

After completing his national service in the army, Mr Story installed central heating systems for a short period of time.

He then went on to study photography at Leicester before arriving in Lynn during the late 1950s.

Mr Story met his future wife while having an operation in the old London Road Hospital. They were married in 1964.

Mrs Story said: “I was a nurse and he was one of my first patients.”

Mr Story was a keen cyclist and member of a local CTC. He also enjoyed sea fishing and hill walking.

Mr Story retired from the Lynn News in 1996 and his former colleague, Roy Williamson, also paid tribute to him this week.

The pair, along with John Barnes, photographed a number of events across the area, including the Royals at Christmas in Sandringham.

The trio were able to meet up last year for a reunion at Mr Williamson’s home.

Mr Williamson said: “He was one of the real photographers who used to use old fashioned plate cameras.

“I had a very happy time working with Deryk. I learned a lot from him and he was a very good photographer.

“I always respected his skill and guidance. Deryk was well-liked and well known through the town.”

A funeral service will be held at Mintlyn Crematorium next Thursday, October 29, at 4pm.