Son's seaside pilgrimage back in time
Adam Hogarth follows in his father's footsteps

Rod's note:  This story concerns my late cousin Chris Hogarth and his son Adam.  I'm grateful to Chris's widow, Jacqui, for bringing it to my attention.  Text and pictures were extracted from a copy of the original news article on the EDP24 website.


Chris Hogarth (left), in Yarmouth around 1970
and (right) his art student son Adam, recreating
the picture for the EDP.

They were the days when photographers lined Yarmouth's crowded seafront to snap the hordes of holidaymakers.

A teenaged Chris Hogarth, enjoying his first family visit to the Norfolk coast in about 1970, is caught unawares, clearly in relaxed mood, strolling near the Winter Gardens.

The striking black-and-white image made such a deep impression on his son Adam that, after his father's premature death last year at the age of 47, he resolved to recreate it - with him in the picture.

Adam, 24, a fine art student at Newcastle's Northumbria University, made a pilgrimage to Yarmouth yesterday to set up the shot with John Barker, whose family photographic business, still based in the town's St Peter's Plain, took the original snap.

Early season holidaymakers looked on with mild curiosity as the pair studied the angles of the original photograph to find the exact spot where the smartly-dressed youngster was snapped, in front of the present-day Sealife Centre and facing the Hotel Elizabeth.

Mr Hogarth had come to Yarmouth on holiday with Adam's grandfather Bernard, still alive in his 80s in Tenerife.

Adam, whose father lived in a village near Darlington, North Yorkshire, said: "After his sudden death from a heart attack, my stepmother Jacqueline Bond passed on a big bag of old photographs and this black-and-white one on Yarmouth seafront stood out."

The idea of recreating the image as a tribute to his father - a keen biker who travelled widely and was a fan of Yarmouth - came during a conversation with friends at college.

Adam, who has twice previously visited Yarmouth, once with his father, said: "I did some research on the internet and found out the company still exists.  When I got in contact they said they would be more than happy to recreate the picture."

Mr Barker, 45, whose grandfather started Barkers Photographic in the 1920s, said: "In those days we had about 18 photographers, all with red coats, operating up and down the seafront and taking pictures of everything that moved.

"The photographer gave the person a ticket that enabled them to buy the picture later in the day.  One of our outlets was a big yellow kiosk near the Winter Gardens."

Mr Barker, whose father Leslie was Yarmouth's mayor in 1961, said they did occasionally get calls from people who come across old photographs, but this was the first time they had been asked to recreate a picture.

He said: "The time the first picture was taken was Yarmouth's heyday, before people went to Spain, and the promenade was packed."

Mr Barker said he had tried to revive seafront snaps when he took over the firm in 1991, but nowadays the business focused on holiday camps.

Adam, who travelled to Yarmouth with his brother Norman, 20, is planning to exhibit the original photograph side by side with his, when his work goes on show later this year in Leeds.

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