Town stalwart leaves picture legacy

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A Hadleigh church leader and former mayor has left the town a legacy in pictures.

A collection of the many hundreds of photographs taken by Colin Bull during his lifetime has been given to The Hadleigh Society.

A thanksgiving service for the life of Mr Bull, 92, was held at Hadleigh Baptist Church, where he was a church elder.

He owned the town’s two chemist shops in Duke Street and the High Street, opposite the Kings Head, currently leased by his family to Boots the Chemist.

Jan Byrne, chairman of The Hadleigh Society, said Mr Bull had passed on an important collection of around 1,000 pictures, including those belonging to the late Eddie Botwright – a well-known amateur photographer, which had been bequeathed to Mr Bull.

“There are some more modern pictures which show the Hadleigh bypass being built and others which are all of Hadleigh,” she said.

“These are important in the town’s development and history. It’s a permanent legacy which he has left us.”

The collection of photographs is being catalogued for the society’s archive.

In addition to the photographs Mr Bull took, he published three books, volumes of postcards of Hadleigh.

Born in Leicestershire, he moved to Hadleigh with his wife Gwen in 1947.

Mr Bull served on the town council and, after Hadleigh Urban District Council was reorganised in 1974, he became the town’s first mayor. He leaves two daughters and a son.